Two armed men entrenched in Barcelona bar after van crash

18 Août, 2017, 05:10 | Author: Marie-Claire Cellier
  • Two armed men entrenched in Barcelona bar after van crash

Global Affairs officials said any Canadians in Barcelona with questions should direct them to consular staff or to the Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa.

Eyewitness videos show people tending to injured people in the pedestrian mall.

"They've locked the doors because I'm not sure whether the person who may have done it has actually been caught, so they've locked the doors and told people just to wait in here".

One witness said the van "has trampled people while crossing the traffic light".

Barcelona police later said in a tweet that the vehicle and its driver were intercepted about 10 kilometers (6 miles) outside of the downtown area where the original attack happened.

Australian woman Susan Maclean, who is on holiday in Barcelona with her husband, said she was "very lucky" to have avoided the van as it ploughed through the crowds. We ran into the bakery with four or five other people and ran straight upstairs and hunkered down whilst an enormous wave of people went through the market. ISIS has taken responsibility for the attack. With my three children, I took shelter in a nearby cafe in a hope for things to settle down, " Daniela added.

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"There's a very heavy police presence and what they've been doing is going from establishment to establishment knocking on the doors, knocking on the shutters", John Ward, a resident of Las Ramblas, told BBC.

"People were shouting. We could hear the word "shooting, shooting". Horrendous. Still no word on whether there really are two terrorists barricaded in a bar.

"All of a sudden there was just real kind of chaos". People started running and jumping into shops.

"There was a mini stampede where we were down one of the alleyways".

Earlier, a van slammed into pedestrians near Catalunya Square in Barcelona's Las Ramblas district.

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