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Barcelona Van Terror Attack Kills 13 Near Kosher Restaurant

A van crashed into dozens of people near a kosher restaurant in the center of Barcelona on Thursday and Spanish media said at least 13 people were killed.

Police said several people were injured and described the incident on Twitter as a “massive crash.” The incident took place outside Maccabi, a kosher restaurant in the city’s tourist district.

Soon afterwards, Spain’s El Periodico newspaper reported that two armed men were holed up in a bar in Barcelona’s city center, and reported gunfire in the area, although it did not cite the source of the information.

It was not immediately clear whether the incidents were connected.

Following the van crash, emergency services said people should not go to the area around Barcelona’s Placa Catalunya, one of the city’s main squares at the top of the famous Las Ramblas avenue, and requested the closure of nearby train and metro stations.

El Pais newspaper said the driver of the vehicle had fled on foot after mowing down dozens of people.

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said he was in contact with authorities, and the priority was to attend to the injured.

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