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Van Plows into Crowd at Barcelona Tourist Hotspot

18 August 2017

A white van ploughed into crowds on the Ramblas tourist area in Barcelona, in what police have desribed as a terrorist attack, that took place outside a Kosher restaurant when the driver of the van reportedly fled on foot.

The scene following the attack.

Catalan police said they were continuing to hunt for the perpetrators and that the force had activated its terror response protocols.

The statement from the Clemson athletic communications department stated - "We've been in contact with our men's basketball program now in Barcelona and the entire travel party is safe and secure".

The incident happened in the Las Ramblas area this afternoon.

Multiple sources and news agencies have confirmed the incident as a terrorist attack. Some claimed attacks were planned by ISIS leaders, while others were planned independently.

At this time, no terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the attack, and no motive is apparent. The centre of the road is pedestrianised but cars can travel on either side.

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"It wasn't slowing down at all". Attackers don't need bombs or much training-just a auto, basic driving skills, and the will to plow into a crowd.

Tulane was also among the teams in Barcelona, staying at a hotel away from the deadly attack.

"All of a sudden I heard a crashing noise and the whole street just started to run screaming", he told Sky News, describing a scene of thousands of people struck by chaos and panic.

Senior police official said the attack was linked to explosion previous day in Catalonia in which one person was killed.

The U.S. Consulate has also advised American citizens to notify family and/or friends of their whereabouts, and to avoid the area.

The Barcelona Metro stations have been closed.

A woman walks with upset children on the sidewalk after a van drove into a crowd in Barcelona on August 17, 2017.

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At the same time, the police are searching for other terrorists who may have been involved and are on lookout for another commercial vehicle that was seen in the area at the time of the attack.

Barcelona is the capital of the wealthy northeastern region of Catalonia, which plans to hold a vote on October 1 on whether it should secede from Spain.

A Foreign Office spokesperson said: "We are in contact with the Spanish authorities and seeking more information following an incident in Barcelona".

Photos and video posted online show bodies, some motionless, scattered on the floor and victims being helped at Placa de Catalunya.

"Canada condemns today's terror attack in Barcelona - our hearts, sympathies & support are with the victims and their families", tweeted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

"When I was on the first floor, one of the guys who was working [at Zara] said, 'You have to go outside, we are going to close because something is happening at the Ramblas, ' " Sticchi said in a telephone interview. Over 100 people in Nice, Berlin, London and Stockholm have been killed from such attacks.

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Van Plows into Crowd at Barcelona Tourist Hotspot