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UPDATE [08/17/17, 1:05 p.m. EST]
Barcelona police say there are at least 13 people dead after a van plowed into a crowd of pedestrians in Las Ramblas Thursday, The Associated Press reported.
President Donald Trump has been alerted to the situation and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly is keeping the commander in chief informed on the matter.
Two people are dead, according to local media, after a van plowed into a crowd of pedestrians in the center of Barcelona on Thursday in a “massive” incident that left many people injured, police said.
There has just been a massive trampling on the Ramblas in Barcelona by a person with a van. There are injured
— Mossos (@mossos) August 17, 2017
Authorities are asking locals to avoid the popular Las Ramblas area, where the incident occurred. According to the Agence France-Presse, police are investigating the ordeal as a “terrorist attack.”
While not a lot is known yet about the incident, horrific video is already circulating online. No one has claimed responsibility for the assault, though the police are conducting a major response operation.
SKY NEWS: "The whole street started to run, screaming" – eyewitness describes what he saw as a massive crash happened in Barcelona hotspot. pic.twitter.com/gBkBqCx7tj
— Josh Caplan (@joshdcaplan) August 17, 2017
Here are a couple graphic videos from on the ground:
— Kevin Rincon (@KevRincon) August 17, 2017
— James Barlow (@Jamesbarlow2012) August 17, 2017
Spain’s El Pais newspaper, citing police sources, said two suspected perpetrators of the attack are holed up in a nearby restaurant, The Associated Press reported.
Police have cordoned off the popular tourist destination, which is lined with shops and eateries, ordering all nearby stores and transportation hubs to close their doors.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.