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'Police Kill One Suspect And Arrest Another' In Relation To Barcelona Terror Attack

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'Police Kill One Suspect And Arrest Another' In Relation To Barcelona Terror Attack

Spanish police have reportedly shot dead one suspect, and arrested another, after 13 people were been killed in a terrorist attack in Barcelona.

A white van was driven into crowds on Las Ramblas on Thursday afternoon - a popular pedestrianised area of Catalonian city.

Police have also confirmed that 64 people have been injured as a result of the attack.

One suspect was shot and another arrested as two men ran into a nearby Turkish bar and restaurant - according to Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia - although no hostages are thought to have been held.

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The man arrested was reportedly Driss Oukabir - a man believed to be in his twenties and of Moroccan-French dissent who lived in Barcelona.

Credit: Spanish Police

Oukabir is believed to have rented the van used in the terrorist attack.

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Spanish police moved quickly to clear the area and allow paramedics to treat those injured in the attack.

They originally put out a statement reading: "Huge collision on Las Ramblas in Barcelona by an individual driving a van, many injuries."

Credit: PA

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The terrifying scenes are similar to the ones seen in Nice, Berlin, London and Stockholm in recent months.

Eyewitness Tom Gueller has told the BBC that he was forced to flee the scene.

"I heard screams and a bit of a crash and then I just saw the crowd parting and this van going full pelt down the middle of the Ramblas and I immediately knew that it was a terrorist attack or something like that," he told Radio 4's PM programme.

Asked about the van, he said: "It wasn't slowing down at all. It was just going straight through the middle of the crowds in the middle of the Ramblas."

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The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, earlier tweeted: "My thoughts are with the victims of this barbaric terrorist attack in the great city of Barcelona and with their brave emergency services.

"London stands with Barcelona against the evil of terrorism."

American president, Donald Trump, also took to Twitter, saying: "The United States condemns the terror attack in Barcelona, Spain, and will do whatever is necessary to help. Be tough and strong, we love you!"

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Police, Barcelona, terror

Michael Minay
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