A VAN has driven into a crowd of people in the Las Ramblas area of Barcelona, killing at least 13, among them are children.
At least 20 people have also been injured and the Mossos d’Esquadra have launched a manhunt for the driver, who fled on foot.
Several armed men were reportedly on the loose according to authorities. The Mossos d’Esquadra have confirmed that there are no men holed up in a restaurant but one man is in custody.
The detained has been named as Driss Oukabir. One man has also been shot dead by police.
According to reports in nearby Avenida Diagonal three police officers have been run over by a Ford Focus attempting to skip a stop and search.One officer was injured and it is not yet known if its connected to the attack.
Police are treating the incident as a terrorist attack according to El Pais.
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