Vehicle drives into crowd of tourists and residents in central Barcelona

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The American living in the Spanish city says police arrived and pushed everyone a full block down the street.

A government official in Barcelona says one person has been confirmed dead and 32 others injured in the van attack in the city's historic Las Ramblas district.

Police confirmed that a suspect has been arrested.

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. After taking shelter in a shop, Chiara said "they're not letting us out, we can hear the police out there but we can't see anything from here".

The terror attack - the deadliest on Spanish soil since more than 190 people died in the Madrid train bombs in 2004 - brought widespread condemnation. Police have denied this happened.

Police have cordoned off the area and are inspecting the vehicle, the city council said. But the method apparently used in this incident is all too familiar: the crudest of weapons - a van - driven into pedestrians with no chance of defending themselves or escaping.

In recent weeks, threatening graffiti against tourists has appeared in Barcelona, which draws at least 11 million visitors a year.

The driver fled on foot, and Catalan Police have launched a major search operation for him. The attacked killed at least 13 people and injured more than 50.

The Islamic State terror group has claimed responsibility.

The U.S. Consulate in Barcelona posted a warning on Twitter, saying it is "aware of a reported incident at Las Ramblas in Barcelona".

It is reported that two suspects have been arrested. "I saw a woman right next to me screaming for her kids", he told Sky News. The Emergències Catalunya‏ Twitter account is urging people in the Barcelona and Rambles area to use social media networks to let their family and friends know that they are okay so as not to cause the phone lines to collapse.

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