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Pictures, video capture horror of Barcelona attack

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At least 13 are dead and more than 50 people injured following a horror attack on Barcelona's busiest street. Photo: AAP
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Footage and photos captured by terrified onlookers paint a confronting picture of the terror on Barcelona’s Las Ramblas after a van mounted the pavement and ploughed into crowds on the busy tourist avenue.

At least 13 people are dead and more than 100 injured following the incident on Thursday afternoon (local time), with local police arresting one man in relation to the attack and Islamic State claiming responsibility for the violence.

Photos show the white van with its smashed front abandoned in the middle of the Las Ramblas shopping and dining strip, as panicked bystanders attempt to get away from the scene.

Las Ramblas boulevard runs 1.2km through the heart of the Spanish city, from Catalonia Square to the seaside Christopher Columbus monument, attracting hundreds of thousands of tourists a year thanks to its market stalls, restaurants, shops and bars.

One onlooker who was walking down the street at the time of the attack told Sky News: “All of a sudden, I just sort of heard a crashing noise and the whole street just started to run, screaming. I saw a woman right next to me screaming for her kids.

“Police were very, very quickly there, police officers with guns, batons, everywhere. Then the whole street started getting pushed back.”

Video taken by those at the scene shows dozens of people scattered around the popular tourism hub, many with broken limbs and howling in agony as local authorities attempt to evacuate the area.

People band together to help the injured leave the scene. Photo: AAP
Police help to carry an injured person to medical care. Photo: AAP
Many lay on the pavement following the attack reeling from the shock attack. Photo: AAP
An injured woman is tended to by a friend. Photo: AAP
A man is comforted on the street following the attack, which has been identified as a terrorist attack. Photo: AAP

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A video filmed from an apartment above the street shows police scouring the city’s small lane ways for the attacker, who has since been named as Moroccan-born Driss Oukabir. He has been arrested and detained by authorities along with another unidentified man.

But the photos also show a more heartwarming image of locals and tourists working together to evacuate the area.

A police officer and a man in a bulletproof vest assist an elderly woman as the Las Ramblas area is evacuated. Photo: Getty
Women flee the scene. Photo: Getty

Those on social media are also the platform to search for loved ones missing following the attack, as panicked families of the many travellers visiting the Spanish beach town in summer seek to know if they’re safe.

Facebook activated its safety check feature, allowing those in the area to publicly mark themselves as safe or to offer shelter and refuge to those in need.

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