A van has ploughed into crowds in Barcelona’s Las Ramblas tourist area. Spanish police say several people have been injured in a “massive crash”, while emergency services are urging people to stay away from the area around Plaça de Catalunya. Videos posted on social media show horrific images of bodies strewn along the pavement in pools of blood and police have confirmed there are “fatalities”.
Reports from the scene say people are taking cover in nearby shops and cafes and emergency services have requested the closure of local metro and train stations. The driver of the vehicle had fled on foot after mowing down dozens of people.
Two armed men entered a Turkish restaurant called Luna de Istanbul and are holding people hostage. Authorities have cordoned off the area and shut down nearby stores. A helicopter is hovering above the scene and armed police carrying assault rifles are on the scene.