At least 13 people were killed and 32 injured after a van ploughed into crowd in Barcelona's Las Ramblas avenue in the city centre on Thursday, Cadena SER radio station reported, citing police sources. One man was arrested over the attack, the local police said. The suspect was identified as Driss Oukabir, according to AFP reports.
In reaction to reports, Catalan Police said there is nobody held up in a bar in Barcelona.
Catalan police were negotiating with at least one armed perpetrator who was dug in at a Turkish restaurant, broadcaster RTVE had reported earlier.
A regional government source confirmed that the van crash was a terror attack. Meanwhile, a second van linked to the attack in Barcelona has been found in the small town of Vic in Catalonia, local authorities said on Twitter.
At least one person is confirmed to have died after a van mowed down pedestrians in Barcelona city centre and 32 people were injured, 10 of them seriously, Catalan police and the regional interior ministry said.
Barcelona city councilor said we can confirm that at least one dead and 32 injured from the van attack.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said there is no report of any Indian casualty in the Barcelona terror attack.
I am in constant touch with Indian Embassy in Spain @IndiainSpain. As of now, there is no report of an Indian casualty.— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) August 17, 2017
The United States condemns the terror attack in Barcelona, Spain, and will do whatever is necessary to help. Be tough & strong, we love you!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2017
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also said that consular assistance was being provided to Americans in the city, and urged US nationals to check in with their families.
"I'd like to start by acknowledging the incident in Barcelona, which has the hallmarks, it appears, of yet another terrorist attack," Tillerson said as he opened a joint news conference with Defence Secretary Jim Mattis and Japanese officials.
Soon afterwards, Spain's El Periodico newspaperreported that two armed men were holed up in a bar in Barcelona's city centre, and said that there was gunfire in the area, although it did not cite the source of the information.
It was, however, not clear whether the incidents were connected.
After the van crash, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said he is in contact with all the authorities, priority is to attend to the injured.
Catalan Police said on Twitter that they had activated the protocol for attacks after a van mowed down people in Barcelona's Las Ramblas tourist area, though they added that the motive behind the crash was not yet clear. Later, the police said the act was being treated as a terrorist attack.
We cannot say the reasons of this attack in BCN but the planned device was already activated in cases of consummate attack— Mossos (@mossos) August 17, 2017
Police in Barcelona, Spain's second-largest city, told crowds fleeing the scene by megaphone that they were dealing with a "terrorist attack".
Meanwhile, US stocks hit session lows and the dollar turned flat after the Barcelona van crash report surfaced.