Police in Barcelona have confirmed that at least one suspect has been arrested in conjunction with the deadly terror attack that resulted in 13 deaths and dozens more injured when a van rammed into crowds in the city’s iconic Las Ramblas.
Authorities expect the number of casualties to be higher, as nearly a dozen people were critically wounded by the van, which was going approximately 50mph. Catalan emergency services have shut down public transport and urged people to avoid going out.
“My thoughts are with all those affected,” said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. “We stand united in the fight against terrorism.”
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson indicated diplomats in Spain are assisting Americans in Barcelona, as well as natives affected by the tragedy. “Terrorists around the world should know that the United States and our allies are resolved to find you and bring you to justice.”
Today’s tragedy marks just the latest time terror groups have used vehicles to facilitate their attacks: In June, a car packed with explosives rammed into a police truck on the Champs-Élysées. And just last week, a driver wounded six French soldiers in the northwest Paris suburb of Levallois-Perret who were on an anti-terror patrol.