Barcelona terror attack: A van rammed into a crowd in Barcelona, Spain. (AFP photo)
Spain mounted a sweeping anti-terror operation on Friday after a suspected ISIS terrorist drove a van into crowds in Barcelona, killing 13 people before fleeing, in what police suspect was one of multiple planned attacks. ISIS claimed responsibility for the deadly rampage along the city's most famous avenue on Thursday, which was packed with tourists taking an afternoon stroll. The death toll could rise, with more than 100 injured, authorities said.
Here are live updates of the Barcelona terror attack :
Thursday's attack drew condemnation from across the globe, from US President Donald Trump to French leader Emmanuel Macron, whose country has witnessed a series of bloody terrorist atrocities including a truck rampage in Nice in July 2016 that killed 86 people.
The explosive belts worn by attackers killed by police in the Catalan resort town of Cambrils were fake, the Spanish region's head Carles Puigdemont told local radio station RAC1 on Friday.
Spanish authorities believe there may have been eight people involved in a cell which carried out an attack in Barcelona on Thursday, and that the group had planned to use butane gas canisters. Details here
A third person has been arrested in connection with a suspected ISIS terrorist attack in Barcelona on Thursday and another incident in Cambrils, Spanish police said on Friday.
Citizens from four Asian countries - China, Pakistan, Taiwan and The Philippines -- were among the over 100 people who were injured in Thursday's terror attack in Barcelona, the Catalonian Interior Ministry said on Friday.
Emergency services said one is in a critical condition, two are seriously injured and two more have less serious injuries from the Cambrils incident.
Concerned relatives can call (+34) 900 400 012.
Those with information about either attack can contact Catalonian police via email: email@example.com or (+34) 937 285 220
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that Barcelona and specifically its tourist-friendly area Ramblas boulevard were a target for terrorists.
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Police of Catalonia say that 32 people have been injured and one person has been confirmed dead.
One suspect has been arrested and is in police custody, say local reports.
Several reports are coming in of the second white van being located by authorities in the city of Vic around 70 km from Las Ramblas.
Barcelona taxis are giving free rides to people attempting to get home to loved ones, report residents.
First images of the van are now emerging from the scene.
News agency Reuters says at least 13 dead in van crash in Barcelona city centre, reports Cadena SER radio, citing police sources.
One person suspected of driving a van into pedestrians on one of the busiest streets of Barcelona on Thursday was holed up in a bar, a Spanish police source said.
"One of the attackers is holed up in a bar," said the source, who declined to be named, adding that police were looking for a total of two suspects over the attack which has left at least two people dead.
Police says 'suspect' holed up in bar after Barcelona van attack.
Reuters reports that it is still not clear if the two armed men who have entrenched themselves in a bar were the drivers of the van.
There may be a hostage situation where the attackers are holed up, say some local media reports.
What we know
-A van crashed into dozens of people in the centre of Barcelona
-Two people dead, at least 20 injured say local media
-Police described the incident as a "terrorist attack".
-Police are still looking for the attackers
Police say they're still looking for driver of vehicle that slammed into the crowd in Barcelona.
Catalan police say they have activated protocols for attack, but cannot confirm motive behind Barcelona van crash: Reuters
Armed police continue to patrol the streets of Barcelona.
Two armed men have entrenched themselves in a bar in Barcelona's city centre after a van mowed down dozens of people, El Periodico newspaper reports.
El Periodico reported gunfire in the area of La Boqueria Market, although it did not cite the source of the information.
It was not immediately clear that the men were the drivers of the van.
Spain's El Periodico newspaper says there between 20 to 25 injured, citing police sources.
Police in Barcelona request people around Plaça Catalunya to stay indoors. "If you are ok, please Inform your family using social networks to avoid the collapse of phone lines," they said.
Perpetrators of van incident in Barcelona holed up in a bar, reports Spain's El Pais newspaper, citing police sources.
Police have blocked access to the area. "There are helicopters all over," a resident tells NDTV.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on Thursday he was in contact with authorities. The priority was to attend to the injured, he said on Twitter.
What We Know
-A van crashed into dozens of people in the centre of Barcelona
-Two people dead, say local media, several injured
-Police described the incident on Twitter as a "terrorist attack".
-Emergency services said people should not go to the area around the city's Placa Catalunya