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Police say Barcelona van attack was terrorism

9 months 2 days 11 hours ago Thursday, August 17 2017 Aug 17, 2017 August 17, 2017 12:19 PM August 17, 2017 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

BARCELONA, Spain- Police in Spain have confirmed they are investigating the van incident in Barcelona as a terror attack, while local media reports say that up to 13 people have been killed.

A van slammed into pedestrians on Thursday in Barcelona's historic Las Ramblas district, which is normally packed at the height of the summer tourist season.

Catalan police said: "We confirm the terrorist attack. The protocol for terrorist attacks has been activated."

Media outlets, including Cadena SER radio station and TV3, are reporting up to 13 dead. Other reports had varying death tolls. An official death toll has not been issued.

Barcelona resident Keith Fleming says he was watching television in his building on a side street just off Las Ramblas when he heard a noise and went out to the balcony to investigate.

He said he saw "women and children just running and they looked terrified."

Fleming heard a bang, possibly from someone rolling down a store shutter, as more people raced by. He said police arrived and pushed everyone a full block down the street.

Fleming said the officers still are there with guns drawn and riot police stationed at the end of the block. Fleming says: "It's just kind of a tense situation...."Clearly, people were scared."

The Tulane University basketball team was traveling in Barcelona and are safe, according to reports.  Also in the area, teams from Arizona, Oregon State, and Clemson; all are safe, too. 

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