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Breaking: Van Plows Into Barcelona Crowd. Fatalities Reported (UPDATE: 13 Reported Dead, 50 Injured)

"It wasn't slowing down at all. It was just going straight through the middle of the crowds."

BarcelonaDavid Armengou/EFE/NewscomPolice and witnesses in Barcelona are reporting that a van crashed at high speed into a crowd into a tourist-oriented part of the city.

Initial details are obviously very sketchy. BBC has been able to talk to witnesses to the crash and is updating information minute-by-minute live here. Police have reported fatalities and injuries but the numbers have not been released. Police are hunting for the driver. BBC also passed along a report that two gunmen have entrenched themselves in a bar.

As always, be very careful about accepting early reports as factual. We'll update this post as facts become available, if necessary. Catalan Police are saying the attack was terrorism.

UPDATE 1 p.m.: Local media outlets are saying there are 13 dead.

UPDATE 1:15: Catalonia Police so far are acknowledging one dead and 32 injured, 10 seriously.

UPDATE 1:50: Spanish public radio reports that one suspect has been arrested. We still do not have anything resembling an official casualty count.

UPDATE 2:30: A Catalonian official affirms that there are 13 dead and 50 injured. Police say they do have a suspect in custody and they're treating him as a terrorist.

UPDATE 3:20: Police have released a picture of the suspect they've arrested. Local media has identified him as Driss Oukabir, of Morocco:

Driss OukabirBarcelona Police

Update 3:50 p.m.: An Islamic State (ISIS) group is claiming responsibility for the attack.

Photo Credit: David Armengou/EFE/Newscom

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  • Old Mexican's Speedos||

    Catalan Police are saying the attack was terrorism.
    UPDATE 1 p.m.: Local media outlets are saying there are 13 dead.


    Just when all hope seemed to be lost, in comes the cavalry to save Cheeto-man's hide.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Oh, the lefties will blame Trump for THIS too.

  • Old Mexican's Speedos||

    Oh, you're such a pessimist, L!

  • Empress Trudy||

    Wolf Blitzer did, on air.

  • Chumby||

    The alleged suspect was microaggressed by the travel ban.

  • notJoe||

    Everything's Trump Trump Trump with you. Seek help.

  • Zeb||

    In this case, he might be onto something.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    Everything's Trump Trump Trump with you. Seek help.


    I only said Trump once. Looks like YOU need help with having Trump on the brain.

  • JFree||

    My favorite result of his election

    Every halfwit now can believe that they too have a chance

  • ThomasD||

    when did any bona fide half-wit think otherwise?

    It's the 65%-wits we have to worry about now.

  • Incomprehensible Bitching||

    I had no idea there were Barcelona Nazis.

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    I don't know if this will be Nazis, but Europe has a ton of it. Hell, Greece elected Nazis to their government.

  • Bra Ket||

    Yeah percentage-wise, at least some european countries have way more that the US. Doesn't matter anymore, the US will be forever depicted as the home of resurgent neo-nazism.

  • tommhan||

    I hope everyone reports to Europe that we only have a few hundred out of 320 million people. They are not wanted by either side and they are usually just broken family rednecks with little education.

  • ThomasD||

    The Golden Dawn is still small change compared to the communists that have pretty much always been an active part of modern Greek politics.

  • Cynical Asshole||

    I hate Barcelona Nazis.

  • Rhywun||

    Real Madrid Nazis are worse.

  • Palin's Buttplug||

    Islamo-Fascists.

  • XM||

    You can't say that here, that's Islamophobic.

  • Paloma||

    Nah. I think it's one of those Moroccan Nazis.

  • tommhan||

    You sure it was not one of those violent fucking Amish.

  • ThomasD||

    Pretty sure the Barcelona Nazis shared a bill with Rod Gish and the Stinkfists.

  • damikesc||

    Man, that Unite the Right rally was bigger than I thought.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    HOLY CRAP!!! The Spanish Nationalists want Franco back.

    Van Plows Into Barcelona Crowd. Fatalities Reported
    Who said people don't imitate what American does?

  • BestUsedCarSales||

    Who said people don't imitate what American does?

    I don't want to be rude, but only the silliest goose I can think of would say something so silly.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    That's golden geese to you.

  • Rich||

    That does it! BAN AUTOMOBILES!!

  • Old Mexican's Speedos||

    Vans! Ban Vans!

  • Rich||

    Oh, and BAN STATUES!!

  • Old Mexican's Speedos||

    "Yeah, a statue!"
    "Ralphie!!"

  • Aloysious||

    KEEP THE AUTOMOBILE, BAN WHEELS!!!

  • Cynical Asshole||

    That would force us to have to finally develop flying cars.

  • Telcontar the Wanderer||

    Clearly your Saturday-morning-cartoon education was deficient.

  • Chumby||

    Tax tires so nobody can afford them!

  • target||

    I'm not trying to give ideas here, but If these people intentionally plan to do this, why don't they start out with an A-Team/Mr. T montage of welding, armoring, and weaponize the van to be more lethal? spikes on the bumpers, rims, maybe a flamethrower or two.

  • Chumby||

    Because unlike Americans they don't love it when a plan comes together. Consider an armored van with an assault wood chipper!

  • Curmudgeon44||

    When terrorists try to get complicated, things go wrong and they get caught. This is such a butt simple job that a cretin can do it. Rent big vehicle, run people over, optionally carry guns to increase terror and murder when vehicle stops.

  • target||

    I wouldn't say it's complicated, I mean the team does it in under 3 minutes with stuff they find around an abandoned barn. Imagine a modern tech da vinci style scythed chariot, you would up your efficiency by like 400%. (100% for each blade)

  • ThomasD||

    Better yet ban pedestrians.

  • Enjoy Every Sandwich||

    As always, be very careful about accepting early reports as factual.

    Unless they enable you to cast blame on your favorite boogeyman. Then break out the Jump To Conclusions mat and get to jumpin'.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    If you can't trust twitter journalism, what can you trust?

  • Robert||

    How long before they rip up the streets & make everyone use streetcars, to prevent such tragedies? Or maybe fence off the streets to reserve them for vehicles, & prevent contact w pedestrians, confining pedestrians to a block?

  • Rhywun||

    I think your first idea needs a little re-tooling.

  • Rich||

  • Marcus Aurelius||

    You know who else needed retooling?

  • Chumby||

    Trolley from Mister Rogers?

  • Old Mexican's Speedos||

    You're going to see terr○rists hijacking streetcars and perpetrating real life "Trolley problems".

    Better put everyone on Flying Pigeon bicycles like Chairman Mao intended!

  • Telcontar the Wanderer||

    Step 1: climb on roof of trolley.
    Step 2: open or create opening in roof of trolley.
    Step 3: pour in at least 5 gallons of gasoline.
    Step 4: light match, drop through opening.
    Step 5: profit! (via 72 virgins or Valhalla, in line with your cultural inclination)

  • Cynical Asshole||

    More likely they'll just mandate that all cars be self driving with no option for manual control.

  • Cynical Asshole||

    I believe they'll call it "common sense car control."

  • Hank Phillips||

    Wait! What about probable cause? Asset forfeiture for ammo for Detroit dog-shooting cops? How do Houston cops justify pussy-grabbing for the Killer Weed in a Google Car?

  • Ron||

    One reported call already blamed the "ready availability" of the van, just like the "availability" of guns

  • tommhan||

    I guess you will have to start going through a criminal background check to rent a truck.

  • colorblindkid||

    "By refusing to call Omar Mateen an Islamic terrorist, Obama enabled this attack."

  • Hank Phillips||

    I blame legal residents.

  • Rhywun||

    I can't remember if Catalan-independence terrorism is/was a thing. I know the Basques were into it for a while.

  • Stormy Dragon||

    ETA (separatist group)

    Since 1968, it has killed over 820 people (including 340 civilians) and injured thousands more.
  • Rhywun||

    Those are the Basques. I didn't find anything similar for Catalunya. Just referedums and such. I know they hate the rest of Spain - good on them.

  • ||

    There was once an idea that Catalonia-Languedoc-Provence is properly a separate country from Spain/France. But that argument was "settled" some time ago.

  • Hank Phillips||

    Have Al Gore, Obama and Hillary declared that "settled political geography"?

  • Chumby||

    Have any major Democrats disavowed or condemned this act?

  • MarkLastname||

    I demand swift disavowals!

  • Rhywun||

    I'll solve the puzzle, Pat.

  • WakaWaka||

    I'm looking forward to the president jumping the gun condemning Islamic terrorism before all the facts are in (in contrast to what occurred after VA) and then the icing on the cake will be when journalists start commenting on how this is an isolated incident and how we shouldn't jump the gun about the threat of Islamic terrorism, after they just spent the past six days hyping up the threat posed by two hundred wannabe Nazis.

    You assholes deserve each other

  • SIV||

    MUSLIMS FEAR BACKLASH

  • Bra Ket||

    They would do that without batting an eye and no one who matters will call them on it.

  • ||

    Islamic terrorist in response to Charlottesville: "Shit. Why didn't I think of that?"

  • colorblindkid||

    I dunno if it's true, but somebody on Twitter said Wolf Blitzer brought up the possibility of this being a copycat attack of Charlottesville. I hope to fucking God that is fake, but it is 100% believable.

  • NoVaNick||

    Then what was Charlottesville? A copycat of London/Nice/Berlin? Surprised that more have not brought up the similarities between the neo-Nazis/Confederates and young disaffected youth who join ISIS.

  • Stormy Dragon||

    So you're saying we should be launching drone strikes against the alt-Right?

  • Ron||

    Antifa has called for attacks on the alt right so its not a stretch and if Hillary was president all bets are off

  • Chuckles_the_Snarky_Piggy||

    I am still trying to fathom how the Charlottesville incident can be associated with terrorism. Racist redneck dipshits love their cars more than their girlfriends. They beat on his car and he ran them the fuck over. What he did was reprehensible, but easily predictable.

  • tommhan||

    Guess what happens when you throw gas on fire.

  • Libertarian||

    I just read that also. Don't ever change, CNN.

  • Hank Phillips||

    Hey! Let's be Nice...

  • $park¥ leftist poser||

    El sigho

  • NoVaNick||

    Either Basques or ISIS, possibly Catalan secessionists.

    Interestingly, the EU favors giving pretty much any group who asks minority status to protect their own language and culture and are pretty generous with political asylum too. Perhaps the alt.right dudes should claim persecution, pack up their flags and statues, and move to Europe. They just can't say that they are protecting "Eurpoean" culture.

  • Rhywun||

    They already have a homeland they can return to; conveniently it's mostly empty now.

  • DEATFBIRSECIA||

    Must have been one of those Antifa fuckers that ran over that chick in Charlottesville.

  • $park¥ leftist poser||

    I'm betting it's some 95 year old lady who got the pedals mixed up and hit the gas instead of the brake,

  • ThomasD||

    Cut Hillary some slack, she hadn't been behind the wheel in decades.

  • Cynical Asshole||

    Simpsons Alt-right did it! Simpsons Alt-right did it!

    Too soon?

  • Unlabelable MJGreen||

    Apparently not.

    Let me be the gentleman here and say that this is awful.

  • Hank Phillips||

    Details? We don' need no steenkin' details! This is clearly the work of Low-Tariff White Nationalists, like in that 2014 SXSW assault-auto attack in Austin Texas.

  • $park¥ leftist poser||

    My name is ISIS Pete
    I'm the king of the killer beat
    When I play my Moroccans
    They go chick chicky vroom, chick chicky vroom

  • Hank Phillips||

    Remember the behavioral sink? John Calhoun let rats breed into overpopulation in cages, kind of like a finite planet. The results were kind of like today's news, except the rats didn't blame everything on carbon dioxide and statues of tariff nullification activists. The population curve, on the other hand, resembled the nearly vertical line at the Population Clock website--at least for a while... then the 1962 article went on about societal collapse.

  • Telcontar the Wanderer||

    I think it's time for a national conversation.

  • loveconstitution1789||

    I think you misspelled "Article V national convention of the states".

  • Telcontar the Wanderer||

    *We* already have a Second Amendment. No further conventions are required.

    Although I could see invoking Article V of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, in order to come to the defense of Spanish gun owners...

  • ThomasD||

    I owned a Spanish gun once. An Astra with damascus barrels, couldn't shoot it safely so I sold it.

  • Telcontar the Wanderer||

    Then no Nimitz carrier group for you!

  • GamerFromJump||

    "Hmm, no name, no description, I wonder if..."

    Aaaand it's muslims.

  • Empress Trudy||

    The attack took place near two kosher restaurants; Maccabi, and Maoz Falafel.

  • Chumby||

    I guess this guy wanted the Lee statues to stand.

  • Bruce 6225||

    Any nation on Earth has the right to establish an immigration policy. It's a matter of the will of the people or how a nation deals with other troubling issues. The US would be better served with shutting down it's Welfare State Policies, than just fighting the flow of hopefuls that seek a better life. Since the Welfare State is here to stay, (until it destroys the nation) this issue is better served by a wall.

  • Chuckles_the_Snarky_Piggy||

    Let them come and destroy the welfare state that much faster.

  • Dave Boz||

    Just as in Charlotteville, we will probably never know the motivation of this person, and we must beware of any backlash against those who share any of his characteristics or beliefs.

  • tommhan||

    Sure Bozo

  • ThomasD||

    Whatever you say tommhano

  • fdog50||

    It's jealoousy:
    ISIS #1: "Damned American press! One guy with a Dodge sedan kills one woman and sends 20 to the hospital and
    that's all these clowns talk about ! Like THAT's a big accomplishment!"

    ISIS #2: "That's how it is with those guys. Like all those stories about Tebow in the minors and squat about the
    Dodgers!"

  • BunkerBill||

    But aren't all Muslim immigrants just widows and orphans? That's what Reason keeps telling us.

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