The death toll in the Barcelona terror attack has shot up to 13. More than fifty people are said to have suffered injuries and many of the injured people are being described in serious condition. Reports suggest that a vehicle plowed into the pavement in busy Las Ramblas area of Barcelona, Spain.
While initially the death toll was being mentioned to be just one, later, details emerged that it was much more gruesome than initially thought. The number of death was later revised to 13 and there are fears that the death count my go up even further.
Authorities in the northern Spanish city of Barcelona say a white van jumped the sidewalk in the city’s historic Las Ramblas district. The area where the incident happened is among the busiest tourist hubs in the entire Spain.
Joaquim Forn, Catalonia’s regional interior chief while giving details about the incident said “Unfortunately the number of fatalities will likely rise”. The suspect mounted a pavement in the early evening at the city’s iconic Las Ramblas area, which is full of shops and restaurants.
The local police authorities said that they have activated the protocol for terrorist attacks. El Pais newspaper said the driver of the vehicle had fled on foot after mowing down dozens of people.
In the meantime, a suspect has been arrested. Police is reportedly hunting another person wanted in the terrorist attack.
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Meanwhile, the Guardian quoted an eyewitness Patrick Tuenter, 20, a law student from Nijmegen, Netherlands, who was on the first day of his holiday as saying, “Our hotel, the Pension Solarium, is about 200metres from the scene of the crash. We were coming back from the beach and saw a scene of total chaos. People were screaming, there were a lot of wounded people. We saw a white van stopped in the middle of the street – the part where pedestrians walk down. It had driven right down the middle and thrown people onto the cobbled part of the street, down the sides.
Another eyewitness, Jesse Matenan, 20, was quoted by the Guardian as saying, “As we walked back to our hotel we saw and heard ambulances and police cars rushing by – over 30 of them within minutes. We saw lots of injured people fleeing the scene. We’re now hearing rumours that there was a second van which got away and is driving round with two people in it”.
In the meantime US President Donald Trump has condemned the terrorist attack in Barcelona. In a tweet, Trump said, “The United States condemns the terror attack in Barcelona, Spain, and will do whatever is necessary to help. Be tough & strong, we love you!”.