Two armed men have reportedly entered a restaurant in Barcelona following an earlier incident where ‘two people’ were killed when a van crashed into pedestrians on Las Ramblas.
Reuters are reporting two people died when van drove into crowds at one of the city’s most popular tourist areas at around 5pm local time, and ‘several people’ have also been injured in what Sky News are reporting as a ‘terror attack’.
They also report there are two armed men in a restaurant in the city, reported to be La Luna De Istanbul.
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Police have confirmed they’re searching for the van driver, who left the vehicle after the crash. According to Huffington Post, authorities say they are searching fro a man, of 1.70m wearing a white shirt with blue stripes.
Emergency services are urging people to ‘stay away’ from the area around Placa Catalunya.
Steve O’Donnell told UNILAD:
We are safe and well, we were waiting for our transfer coach back to our hotel in Salou, the bus was running late but I assumed that it was due to an accident as we saw multiple police vehicles and ambulances travelling too the left of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.
All of a sudden we heard lots of screaming coming from the direction the police cars had went my wife and kids immediately bolted to the safety of the hotel who immediately shut their shutters once the people nearby had made it inside, after 10 minutes I managed to sneak out and got on my transfer which was just about to leave.
Just glad that my wife and kids got out safely, hopefully there are not too many casualties.
A person has tweeted they are currently stuck in a restaurant following the incident, adding armed police are ‘everywhere’.