UPDATE 3:26 P.M. EST: Despite officials and authorities reporting 13 confirmed dead, Catalonia’s regional president now says 12 have passed away and 80 are injured. Two suspects have been arrested. Barcelona’s mayor also spoke out revealing there will be a minute of silence on Friday in main square ‘to show that we are not scared’ following van attack.
UPDATE 2:36 P.M. EST: 13 people have been confirmed as dead and 50 others have been injured in the terror-driven collision. It’s unclear if Las Ramblas is still an active crime scene.
UPDATE 2:28 P.M. EST: According to reports, Catalan police have confirmed the arrest of one suspect linked to the attack and have denied claims that suspects are holed up in a local bar with hostages.
UPDATE 2:06 P.M. EST: Donald Trump has responded to the tragedy, saying:
The United States condemns the terror attack in Barcelona, Spain, and will do whatever is necessary to help. Be tough & strong, we love you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2017
In response, many social media users have been quick to point out the differences in his reaction to this terror attack and Charlottesville.
What a terrifying situation.
On Thursday, a white van plowed into crowds in the Las Ramblas area in Barcelona, Spain. With one person confirmed dead and countless others injured in the deliberate incident, the Spanish authorities have since declared this a terrorist attack.
Although the authorities have only confirmed one death, local papers and the Associated Press speculate as many as 13 people have lost their lives due to the terror-driven crash. Please note an official death toll has not been released.
Per NBC News, Spanish authorities have noted:
“This is confirmed terrorist attack. We have activated protocol for terrorist attacks.”
According to witnesses, the van targeted people in pedestrian areas before coming to a complete stop. Other news outlets claim that while the driver fled on foot after the attack, two others associated with crime barricaded themselves into a nearby bar. It’s believed that they are armed and have hostages.
Thankfully, local police have located the van used in the attack. Sadly, as of writing this post, they have yet to locate the driver. The local police have since released the following image of a suspect:
Emergency services has requested that the train stations in the area close to the collision site be closed and ask people to stay away from the area for the time being.
Supposedly, U.S. intelligence agencies (including the FBI) are in contact with the Spanish police concerning this particular attack. The US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson stated in a recent statement:
“We ask US citizens in the area to let your loved ones know you are safe.”
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on #Barcelona attack: “We ask US citizens in the area to let your loved ones know you are safe.” pic.twitter.com/wayehL7xsD
— CNN International (@cnni) August 17, 2017
Please stay tuned for more details as this story is developing…
[Image via CBS.]
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