On Thursday, in Barcelona, Spain, a driver murdered at least two pedestrians and injured 20 others when he rammed his white van into crowds, mowing down dozens of people in the tourist-heavy Las Ramblas district. The driver fled on foot after the attack.
Reuters reported two armed men entered a nearby restaurant after the attack:
AFP reports that Barcelona police declared the crash a “terrorist attack.”
According to Yeshiva World, the attack occurred near the kosher restaurant “Maccabi.” Metro and train stations were requested to shut down. El Pais reported that the driver ran over people while they were attempting to cross the street during a traffic light.
Marc Esparcia, a 20-year-old student who lives in Barcelona and hid in a Starbucks after the attack, told the BBC, “There was a loud noise and everybody ran for cover. There were a lot people, lots of families [at the site], this is one of the most visited sites in Barcelona. I think several people were hit. It was horrible, there was panic. Terrible.”
University of Glasgow rector Aamer Anwar was walking in La Ramblas when the attack occurred; he said:
I turned around and people were screaming — I could see a woman screaming with her kids — people started running and jumping into shops. I ran for about 50 or 100 metres and stopped to see what was happening. The police were very quickly on the scene and getting people to move back. I could see chaos right at the top area and I spoke to a shopkeeper who had run down and was screaming. He was Bengali so I spoke to him in Urdu and he said a van had driven into a crowd and he thought there were five to six people very seriously injured.
The gunmen are reportedly holed up in a bar: gunfire has been heard.