Two people were reportedly killed after a van ploughed into a crowd of people in Las Ramblas area of Barcelona, in what police say was a terror attack.
Police have said on Twitter that some people died as the result of the crash but have not yet confirmed the number of casualties.
Authorities said the vehicle mounted a pavement and struck people in a “massive crash” in an area of the city that is popular with tourists.
El Periodico newspaper reported there were between 20 and 25 people injured, citing police sources.
The El Pais newspaper reported that the driver of the vehicle had fled on foot and that police are looking for a man about 1.70 metres tall, wearing a white and blue stripped shirt.
— The Spain Report (@thespainreport) August 17, 2017
The Reuters news agency reported that two armed men had entered a restaurant in the city centre after the van crash. One witness told The Independent he had heard a hostage situation was unfolding.
It is unclear whether those men were involved in the crash.
The van entered the pedestrian street from Placa de Catalunya and crashed into a kiosk on La Rambla.
Emergency services said people should not go to the area and requested the closure of nearby train and metro stations.
Daniela Goicoechea, who was walking along La Rambla with three children aged one, two and five, told The Independent: “People started running but we didn’t know what was happening. There was a lot of people running. Then policemen began chasing people. We were lost, we ran with three babies and hid in a cafe nearby.”
Videos of the scene posted on social media show people screaming as they run away from Las Ramblas district.
Total panic – we are all getting pushed back- la Ramblas pic.twitter.com/1MwYLfFZJc
— Aamer Anwar (@AamerAnwar) August 17, 2017
Article excerpt [independent]