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Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has expressed his deepest condolences to the families of victims of the van attack in Barcelona that left at least 13 people dead and over 100 injured. "We were shutting down the blinds but people kept coming in and we had to keep it open so they could enter the shop". "We saw people on the ground".

A witness describes the van crash in Barcelona as "complete panic" in what police are calling an attack.Catalonia's regional police said on Twitter that they had activated the protocol for attacks after a van mowed down people in Barcelona's Las Ramblas tourist area, though they added that the motive behind the crash was not yet clear.

Police have cordoned off the area and emergency services also are on the scene.

Ali Shirazinia, who was cycling alongside Las Ramblas at the time, told CNN he heard "a lot of screams" and saw the crowds of people split along the busy promenade. "There was no more Radical Islamic Terror for 35 years!" Reuters reports police in Cambrils are now saying there was a second "terrorist attack".

"Huge collision on Las Ramblas in Barcelona by an individual driving a van, many injuries", a statement said. People just started running screaming, there were loud bangs.

It was the sixth time in 13 months a vehicle has been used by Islamist terrorist to cause mass casualties in a European country, including major incidents in France, Germany, the United Kingdom and Sweden.

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ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack through its offical Amaq News Agency.

Melbourne woman Alana Reader (right) found herself trapped near the site of the Barcelona attack. The attack was claimed by al-Qaeda.

The attack drew offers of assistance from around the world, including the United States.

The White House has said President Donald Trump is being briefed on the ongoing situation.

Police said they also shot dead on Thursday a man who had driven a vehicle into a police checkpoint in Barcelona, though they had no evidence he was connected with the van attack. Catalonia is planning an independence vote October 1 over the objections of the national government in Madrid, which says it is unconstitutional.

The most deadly was the driver of a tractor-trailer who targeted Bastille Day revelers in the southern French city of Nice in July 2016, killing 86 people. In December 2016, 12 people were killed when a driver used a hijacked trick to drive into a Christmas market in Berlin. Amateur video aired by Spain's state TVE broadcaster showed several police cars speeding along what appeared to be a seafront boulevard as people screamed, followed by a brief volley of about 10 bullets.

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