Van Mows Down Dozens in Popular Barcelona Tourist Spot

Cortney O'Brien
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Posted: Aug 17, 2017 11:58 AM
Van Mows Down Dozens in Popular Barcelona Tourist Spot

UPDATE (Matt): Jumping in for Cortney here, it looks like ISIS has claimed responsibility.

UPDATE (Matt): Two suspects in custody.

***Original Post***

Several people are injured after a van jumped a curb near Las Ramblas in Barcelona, Spain.

The driver has reportedly fled the scene on foot. Local Spanish media are also reporting that two armed men are holding hostages in a Turkish restaurant in a different part of the city. It is yet unclear as to whether the two incidents are related.

UPDATE (12:04 p.m.): SkyNews is reporting that two people are dead and Barcelona police are calling the van crash a terror attack.

UPDATE (12:53 p.m.): The death toll has risen to 13.

UPDATE (1:25 p.m.): Fox's Catherine Herridge is reporting that ISIS is celebrating Thursday's deadly attack.

UPDATE: Spanish authorities have corrected their earlier death tally. There is one confirmed death and 32 injuries.

UPDATE (1:52 p.m.): Fox News is reporting that one suspect has been arrested.

UPDATE (2:13 p.m.): The White House has reacted to the terror incident. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson ensured Americans that the State Department is working with Spanish authorities to offer them protection. He added that the U.S. is ready to hunt down "terrorists around the world."

President Trump has also condemned the attack and offered Spain the U.S.'s support.

UPDATE: (2:30 p.m.): Spanish authorities have revised the death toll. It is back up to 13. 

UPDATE (2:44 p.m.): One suspect was killed in a shootout with police, Fox News reports.

UPDATE (3:04 p.m.): The first suspect has been identified as 28-year-old Moroccan citizen Driss Oukabir.