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17th Aug 2017

Police confirm 13 dead and 80 injured in Barcelona terror attack

The Catalonian interior minister confirmed the number of dead on Twitter.

Jade Hayden

Catalan police have confirmed that at least 13 people have died as a result of a van crashing into crowds of people in the city’s Las Ramblas district this evening.

Authorities are treating the incident as a terrorist attack.

Catalonian interior minister Joaquim Forn confirmed the number of dead on Twitter.

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Police described the attack as a “massive crash” and urged people to stay away from the area.

Sky News has reported that two people have been arrested in connection with the attack.

Catalan police also released a photo of one suspect who is now in police custody.

Previous widespread reports suggesting that multiple people were “holed up” in a Barcelona bar have proved to be false.

The Las Ramblas district is a popular tourist area and is mainly pedestrianised.