Official with regional government of Catalonia confirms deaths after vehicle plows into people in La Rambla; more than 50 people were injured
In an incident now being treated by police as a terrorist attack, a van drove into pedestrians on La Rambla de Barcelona promenade in the Catalan capital on August, Thursday 17, reported “El país”.
Catalan Interior Minister Joaquim Forn confirmed 13 people died in the attack on the street popular with tourists. At least 50 others has been injured, Forn confirmed in a tweet.
One witness said the van ran people over “while they were crossing at traffic lights.”
Video of the moments after the van plowed into pedestrians.
The van used in the attack was rented by a man the Civil Guard have identified as Driss Oukabir in the small town of Santa Perpetua de Mogoda, some 25 kilometers north of Barcelona. He has now been arrested, according to Catalonia’s Mossos d’Esquadra regional police force.
Regional police have also located a second van thought to have a possible link to the attack in the town of Vic, some 60 kilometers north of Barcelona, Vic Mayor Anna Erra has said, according to Spanish news agency EFE.
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