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13 Dead, Several More Injured In Barcelona Van Attack

Police have arrested one person linked to this attack. They say they are treating it as a possible terrorist attack

BARCELONA, SPAIN -- At least 13 people are confirmed dead after a van was driven through a crowd in a terrorist attack in Barcelona, Spain. 

The attack happened in the popular central tourist district of Las Ramblas.  Barcelona officials say 50 others were hurt in the attack. 

Images taken in the aftermath showed people lying lifeless and others being attended to by bystanders.  Police are telling people to stay away from the area, something echoed by the U.S. Consulate in Barcelona. 

Police have arrested one person linked to this attack.  Police have not identified the person arrested, but Spanish media is reporting that authorities were looking for a man named Driss Oukabir. 

While his role in the attack is not known, there are reports that he rented the van that was used.  Meantime, the Catalan government is denying earlier reports that there were people holding hostages in a restaurant.  

President Trump is condemning the terrorist attack, saying the U.S. will "do whatever is necessary to help."  Speaking directly to the people of Barcelona, he adds "be tough and strong, we love you!" 

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson sent a message to terrorists following the attack.  At a conference with Japanese leaders, he said terrorists will be found and brought to justice.  He also offered condolences to the victims of the attack. 

(PHOTO: David Ramos/Getty Images/RTV6)

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