At least 12 people were killed and 80 wounded in Barcelona attack

**Update**

WASHINGTON (AP) – Vice President Mike Pence is responding to the attack in Barcelona during remarks at the Panama Canal. Pence calls the attack “horrific” and says the images of carnage he’s seen “sicken us all.” He says, “The United States condemns this terror attack” and will do “whatever is necessary to help.” At least 12 people were killed and 80 wounded Thursday when a van plowed into a crowd in Barcelona’s historic Las Ramblas district. Authorities are calling it a terrorist attack.

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) – A government official in Barcelona says one person has been confirmed dead and 32 others injured in the van attack in the city’s historic Las Ramblas district. Catalonia’s regional interior chief Joaquim Forn said during a news conference on Thursday: “Unfortunately the number of fatalities will likely rise.” Media in Barcelona are reporting that up to 13 died in the attack. Barcelona police said on Twitter that 10 of the 32 people injured were seriously hurt.

PREVIOUSLY REPORTED:

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — A white van jumped the sidewalk Thursday in Barcelona’s historic Las Ramblas district, crashing into a summer crowd of residents and tourists and injuring several people, police said.

In a photograph shown by public broadcaster RTVE, three people were lying on the ground in the street of the northern Spanish city Thursday afternoon, apparently being helped by police and others. Other videos showed five people down and recorded people screaming as they fled the scene.

Police cordoned off the broad, popular street, ordering stores and nearby Metro and train stations to close. They asked people to stay away from the area so as not to get in the way of emergency services. A helicopter hovered over the scene.

Las Ramblas, a street of stalls and shops that cuts through the center of Barcelona, is one of the city’s top tourist destinations. People walk down a wide, pedestrianized path in the center of the street, but cars can travel on either side.

The Spanish newspaper El Pais quoted unnamed police sources as saying the perpetrators of the crash were holed up in a bar in Tallers Street. There was no immediate police confirmation of the report.

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