Photos: Van mows through crowd in Barcelona, IS claim responsibility

At least 13 killed, 100 injured as a van ploughs through a crowd in Barcelona's Las Ramblas on Thursday. Further incidents were witnessed in the Spanish seaside resort of Cambrils and at a house in Catalonia.

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A van weaved onto a promenade and barrelled down a busy walkway in central Barcelona on Thursday, swerving as it mowed down pedestrians. Thirteen people were killed and 100 injured, in what authorities called a terrorist attack. Cars, trucks and vans have been the weapon of choice in multiple extremist attacks in Europe in the last year. (Javier Soriano/AFP)

A van weaved onto a promenade and barrelled down a busy walkway in central Barcelona on Thursday, swerving as it mowed down pedestrians. Thirteen people were killed and 100 injured, in what authorities called a terrorist attack. Cars, trucks and vans have been the weapon of choice in multiple extremist attacks in Europe in the last year. (Javier Soriano/AFP)

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Spanish police officers brandishing hand guns and automatic weapons launched a manhunt in the downtown district ordering stores, cafes and public transport to shut down. (Pau Barrena/AFP)

Spanish police officers brandishing hand guns and automatic weapons launched a manhunt in the downtown district ordering stores, cafes and public transport to shut down. (Pau Barrena/AFP)

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Police evacuate people after a van crashed into pedestrians near the Las Ramblas avenue in central Barcelona. Islamic State’s Amaq news agency said, ‘The perpetrators of the Barcelona attack are soldiers of the Islamic State and carried out the operation in response to calls for targeting coalition states’ - a reference to a U.S. led coalition against the Sunni militant group. (REUTERS)

Police evacuate people after a van crashed into pedestrians near the Las Ramblas avenue in central Barcelona. Islamic State’s Amaq news agency said, ‘The perpetrators of the Barcelona attack are soldiers of the Islamic State and carried out the operation in response to calls for targeting coalition states’ - a reference to a U.S. led coalition against the Sunni militant group. (REUTERS)

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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. The incident took place at the peak tourist season in Barcelona, which is one of Europe’s top travel destinations with at least 11 million visitors a year. (Pau Barrena/AFP)

The Catalan regional government said citizens from 24 countries were among the people killed and injured during the Barcelona van attack. The incident took place at the peak tourist season in Barcelona, which is one of Europe’s top travel destinations with at least 11 million visitors a year. (Pau Barrena/AFP)

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Hours after the attack, authorities reported two arrests - one a Spanish national from Melilla, a Spanish-run Mediterranean seafront enclave in North Africa and the other a Moroccan. Catalan police said a driver ran over two police officers at a checkpoint in Barcelona after the van attack, but it was not clear if the incidents were linked. (Pau Barrena/AFP)

Hours after the attack, authorities reported two arrests - one a Spanish national from Melilla, a Spanish-run Mediterranean seafront enclave in North Africa and the other a Moroccan. Catalan police said a driver ran over two police officers at a checkpoint in Barcelona after the van attack, but it was not clear if the incidents were linked. (Pau Barrena/AFP)

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Barcelona is the latest European city where attackers used a vehicle as a weapon of terror against a popular tourist destination, after other deadly attacks in France, Germany, Sweden and Britain. Thursday’s bloodshed was Spain’s deadliest attack since 2004, when al-Qaida-inspired bombers killed 192 people in coordinated assaults on Madrid’s commuter trains. (Giannis Papanikos/AP)

Barcelona is the latest European city where attackers used a vehicle as a weapon of terror against a popular tourist destination, after other deadly attacks in France, Germany, Sweden and Britain. Thursday’s bloodshed was Spain’s deadliest attack since 2004, when al-Qaida-inspired bombers killed 192 people in coordinated assaults on Madrid’s commuter trains. (Giannis Papanikos/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. 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 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. 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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A Spanish paramedic team attends to an injured person. The police force for Spain’s Catalonia region said its troopers shot and killed four suspects and wounded a fifth in a resort town south of Barcelona to ‘respond to a terrorist attack.’ that occurred 8 hours after the Barcelona incident. (AFP)

A Spanish paramedic team attends to an injured person. The police force for Spain’s Catalonia region said its troopers shot and killed four suspects and wounded a fifth in a resort town south of Barcelona to ‘respond to a terrorist attack.’ that occurred 8 hours after the Barcelona incident. (AFP)

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Emergency workers stand on a blocked street in Barcelona, Spain. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on Twitter he was en route to Barcelona. ‘Maximum coordination to arrest the attackers, reinforce security and attend to all those affected,’ he said. (AP)

Emergency workers stand on a blocked street in Barcelona, Spain. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on Twitter he was en route to Barcelona. ‘Maximum coordination to arrest the attackers, reinforce security and attend to all those affected,’ he said. (AP)

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