Horror at Barcelona's Las Ramblas street after attacker veers van into crowd killing 13 [Photos]

Thirteen people were killed and 100 were injured after a van veered onto a promenade Thursday and barreled down the busy walkway in central Barcelona, swerving back and forth as it mowed pedestrians down and turned a picturesque tourist destination into a bloody killing zone.

FP Staff August 18, 2017 08:21:02 IST
Thirteen people were killed and 100 were injured after a van veered onto a promenade on Thursday and barreled down the busy walkway in central Barcelona, swerving back and forth as it mowed pedestrians down and turned a picturesque tourist destination into a bloody killing zone. AP
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Thirteen people were killed and 100 were injured after a van veered onto a promenade on Thursday and barreled down the busy walkway in central Barcelona, swerving back and forth as it mowed pedestrians down and turned a picturesque tourist destination into a bloody killing zone. AP
Las Ramblas is a wide avenue of stalls and shops that cuts through the center of Barcelona and is one of the city's top tourist destinations. It features a pedestrian-only walkway in the center while cars can travel on either side. AP
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Las Ramblas is a wide avenue of stalls and shops that cuts through the center of Barcelona and is one of the city's top tourist destinations. It features a pedestrian-only walkway in the center while cars can travel on either side. AP
The late afternoon attack in the city's Las Ramblas district left victims sprawled in the historic street, spattered with blood or writhing in pain from broken limbs. AP
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The late afternoon attack in the city's Las Ramblas district left victims sprawled in the historic street, spattered with blood or writhing in pain from broken limbs. AP
Others were ushered inside shops by officers with their guns drawn or fled in panic, screaming and carrying young children in their arms. AP
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Others were ushered inside shops by officers with their guns drawn or fled in panic, screaming and carrying young children in their arms. AP
The Islamic State group claimed responsibility, saying that the attack was carried out by "soldiers of the Islamic State" in response to the extremist group's calls for followers to target countries participating in the coalition trying to drive it from Syria and Iraq. AP
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The Islamic State group claimed responsibility, saying that the attack was carried out by "soldiers of the Islamic State" in response to the extremist group's calls for followers to target countries participating in the coalition trying to drive it from Syria and Iraq. AP
The Catalan regional government said citizens from 24 countries were among the people killed and injured during the Barcelona van attack. AP
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The Catalan regional government said citizens from 24 countries were among the people killed and injured during the Barcelona van attack. AP
Barcelona is the latest European city to experience a terror attack carried out using a vehicle as a weapon to target a popular tourist destination, after similar attacks in France, Germany, Sweden and Britain. AP
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Barcelona is the latest European city to experience a terror attack carried out using a vehicle as a weapon to target a popular tourist destination, after similar attacks in France, Germany, Sweden and Britain. AP