At least 13 people have died and around 100 have been injured after a van ploughed into pedestrians in a terror attack in a busy tourist area of Barcelona.
Spanish police arrested two people after the white Fiat van tore through the Las Ramblas district which was packed with shoppers and holidaymakers.
The deadly attack has seen past and present world leaders step forward and offer their condolences and support to those affected.
Michelle and I are thinking of the victims and their families in Barcelona. Americans will always stand with our Spanish friends. Un abrazo.— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 17, 2017
The United States condemns the terror attack in Barcelona, Spain, and will do whatever is necessary to help. Be tough & strong, we love you!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2017
Solidaridad con #Barcelona. Estamos a su lado. 🇫🇷🇪🇸— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) August 17, 2017
British Prime Minister Theresa May said: “My thoughts are with the victims of today’s terrible attack in Barcelona and the emergency services responding to this ongoing incident. The UK stands with Spain against terror.”
In Barcelona, the city’s football team was also quick to give a statement.
Deeply saddened by the attack on our city. All our thoughts are with the victims, their families and with the people of Barcelona.— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) August 17, 2017
While sports stars with connections to Barcelona also spoke out, such as Gary Lineker who is a former player for the Catalan club.
Deeply saddened to hear about the attack in the wonderful city of Barcelona. What purpose this barbarity serves is beyond comprehension.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) August 17, 2017
Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal’s uncle used to play for Barcelona and he also shared his thoughts online.
Destrozado por lo que ha ocurrido en Barcelona! Todo mi apoyo a las familias afectadas y a la ciudad.— Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) August 17, 2017
“Shattered by what has happened in Barcelona! All my support for the families affected and the city,” wrote Nadal.
Charities such as Amnesty International also took a moment to give a message of unity.
The charity’s message, “we stand together”, is so often used in the aftermath to a terror attack – and many did the same.
My thoughts and love for all those affected in Barcelona tonight. #WeStandTogether— Joseph Mawle (@realjosephmawle) August 17, 2017
Saddened to hear of the awful attack in Barcelona today. We stand with the people of Barcelona #WeStandTogether 💙— British Transport Police (@BTP) August 17, 2017
Local media have said police were hunting a man named Driss Oukabir who is suspected of having rented the van used in the attack. The passport of a Spanish citizen, of Moroccan origin, was found at the scene.
The identity of those arrested is not clear.
The Islamic State terror group has claimed responsibility for the attack. However, the terror group has frequently declared that it was behind terrorist incidents in recent years, and experts have warned their claims should be treated with caution.