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ISIS INJURES 80 KILLS 13 IN BARCELONA TERROR ATTACK

This is the moment a man was arrested after an horrific van attack in central Barcelona reportedly killed 13 people and injured at least 80 others, local media report.

A witness posted footage of a man with dark hair in a mauve t-shirt being taken away by police on social media, but it’s not yet confirmed that this is one of the two terror suspects currently in police custody.

A third suspect was shot dead in the aftermath of the attack.

The attack took place when a van plowed into dozens of pedestrians in Barcelona’s historic Las Ramblas district on this afternoon, causing chaos in the centre of the Spanish city.

A man is taken away by police officers in the footage (Image: @RalfPaytlik/Twitter)
The footage has been shared on social media (Image: @RalfPaytlik/Twitter)

Authorities are treating the incident as a terror attack, the latest in a series of vehicle related attacks to have killed people across Europe.

The van zigzagged as it slammed into pedestrians at high speed on the tree-lined Las Ramblas promenade which was packed with tourists and locals.

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Photos and video posted online show bodies, some motionless, scattered on the floor and victims being helped at Placa de Catalunya.

Footage shows a stampede as terrified witnesses flee through the streets after the vehicle slammed into people on the street which is popular with tourists.

One of the victims is taken to an ambulance by paramedics (Image: Rex Features)
Photos showed bodies scattered on the floor after the attack (Image: Twitter)

Spanish media cited police sources who said at least 13 people were killed. Local officials confirmed at least 32 people were hurt, 10 seriously.

ISIS has now taken credit for the attack.

Police officers help the injured amid the chaos (Image: Rex Features)
Victims are treated at the scene by police and witnesses (Image: @Vil_Music/Twit

Witnesses described terrifying scenes as the van went through a red light and mowed down people as they crossed the street and then mounted a pavement to run down more victims, zigzagging at high speed.

The rented van crashed into a kiosk on the boulevard before the attacker fled on foot.

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A witness said many of the shops had pulled their shutters down and armed police were positioned on street corners, with cordons in place on the road.

The attack occurred on a famous street in central Barcelona

El Periodico said the CIA had warned local police two months ago that Las Ramblas could be the scene of a terrorist attack.

Catalan police have activated emergency protocols, and were looking for a second van which may have been used as a getaway vehicle.

The city’s metro and train stations have been shut and people have been ordered to stay away from the city centre and stay indoors.

Metro and train stations were ordered to shut after the attack (Image: Rex Features)

A taxi driver told Catalan TV station TV3: “The van was doing zigzags knocking over everyone he could. It was shocking.”

Police were reported to have found a Spanish passport inside the van.

Locals and tourists were told to avoid central Barcelona in the aftermath of the attack which occurred at about 5pm local time.

The white van that hit the pedestrians was pictured with significant damage to its front end and was surrounded by police after it was abandoned by the driver.

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Several victims were seen on the floor nearby as they were helped by witnesses, police and paramedics.

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