FOUR people have reported to have been killed and dozens hurt after a van in Barcelona ploughed into pedestrians and two men entered a restaurant with guns.
Pictures and video emerging from the scene show police cars and ambulances near the Las Ramblas, a busy tree-lined promenade in the centre of the city.
A local reporter said gunfire has been heard at the Corte Ingles store in the area after police announced the ‘massive crash.’ It is believed the van hit pedestrians outside of a kosher restaurant named Maccabi.
Eyewitnesses reported seeing people running away and screaming after the incident happened.
BBC News said a “major police operation” was underway in response.
An eyewitness told Sky News described the scene, saying “the whole street started to run, screaming.”
She added: “It was quite terrifying. All of a sudden scores of people ran towards us, hysterical, children hysterical… first of all they said someone had been shot. All of a sudden a second wave of people came down the street, we just ran, I lost my husband in the melee. The shops went into lockdown mode. We really had no idea what was going on other than that we needed to get ourselves out of there very quickly… there was just hundreds of people running away very quickly.”
Spanish authorities are treating the attack as act of terrorism. Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy said he is contact with all emergency services and stressed the priority is to help the injured.
ISIS has encouraged its supporters to use vehicles as weapons in lone-wolf attacks. Attacks of this type have taken place in Nice, France, London, Berlin and Stockholm.
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