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Barcelona Van Crash: 4 Fast Facts About Attack

Barcelona Van Crash: 4 Fast Facts About Attack

Injured people are treated in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017 after a white van jumped the sidewalk in the historic Las Ramblas district, crashing into a summer crowd of residents and tourists and injuring several people, police said. (AP Photo/Oriol Duran)

By    |   Thursday, 17 August 2017 03:52 PM

A van crashed into crowds of people in Barcelona on Thursday in what police are treating as an act of terror as the investigation continues to uncover new details.

According to The Associated Press, at least 12 people were killed and 80 wounded, 15 of them seriously.

A suspect has reportedly been arrested by local authorities, but a second van is believed to be connected to the attack as well, Fox News reported. Investigators believe the plan might have been for one van to be used in the attack and the other as a getaway vehicle.

As details continue to develop, here are five facts about the incident:

1. It's the deadliest attack in the country in 13 years.

In 2004, 911 days after 9/11, 192 people were killed when al-Qaida-inspired attackers coordinated strikes on commuter trains in Madrid. That was the deadliest attack in the country's history.

2. The driver swerved for maximum effect.

Las Ramblas is lined with stalls and shops and pedestrians walk down the center of the street with driving lanes on either side. Witnesses say the white van jumped onto the pedestrian area at high speeds and swerved side to side, killing 13 people and injuring at least 80 more, .

3. Two people were arrested.

Barcelona media said one suspect believed to be responsible for the incident is Driss Oukabir, a Moroccan man who reportedly rented the van in question, according to Fox News. The other person has not yet been identified.

4. World leaders are condemning the attack.

French President Emmanuel Macron: "All my thoughts and solidarity from France for the victims of the tragic attack in Barcelona. We will remain united and determined."

German Chancellor Angela Merkel: "We are thinking with profound sadness of the victims of the revolting attack in Barcelona - with solidarity and frienship alongside the Spanish people."

U.S. President Donald Trump: "The United States condemns the terror attack in Barcelona, Spain, and will do whatever is necessary to help. Be tough & strong, we love you!"

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