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- Las Ramblas boulevard is one of Barcelona's famous and busiest streets, which is normally thronged with tourists and street performers until well into the night. About an hour later, Catalonia's regional president said a second arrest was made. "The protocol for terrorist attacks has been activated", they said.

Police have reported that at least 20 people were hit by a van and two men with guns fled the scene, according to CBC.

A still image from video shows a police officer gesturing while walking across a road, after a van crashed into people in the centre of Barcelona, Spain, Aug 17, 2017. It denied earlier media reports that officers had a suspect surrounded in a bar.

On Twitter, police described the incident as a "massive crash", advising people to stay away from the area around Placa Catalunya.

Police sources told RTVE the man detained is Driss Oukabir, a resident of France who investigators believe rented two vans - one for the attack and another as a getaway vehicle.

A van rammed into a crowd of people in the heart of Barcelona, causing at least 13 deaths and many injuries, a Catalan police spokesman said Thursday.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said he was in contact with authorities, stressing that the priority was to help the injured.

A van jumped the sidewalk in Barcelona's iconic Las Ramblas area, slamming into a crowd of pedestrians Thursday afternoon.

The Mossos d'Esquadra force did not indicate if the incident was related to the van attack in the city's Las Ramblas district. It was unclear if they were associated with the truck attack.

Catalan Emergency Services have asked authorities to close train stations in the area close to the crash site in the area.

Emergency services are advising people to use social media to inform their families that they're ok, "to avoid the collapse of phone lines". Similar attacks have since taken place in Berlin, London and Stockholm. "Be tough & strong, we love you!"

The AP is reporting that United States President Donald Trump has been briefed on the situation.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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