Islamic State is claiming responsibility for Thursday's terrorist attack in Barcelona, Spain, where a driver sped a van along a crowded sidewalk, killing at least 12 people and injuring 80. Police have two people in custody but have given no details, including whether either suspect was the driver.
Spain's El Pais newspaper has reported that the driver fled the scene. Also, a car ran down two policemen at a Barcelona checkpoint, but it is unclear if there is any connection to the earlier attack. Information on Thursday's incident in Spain is still developing.
But what is known is that witnesses say the driver deliberately jumped a pedestrian area that runs down the center of Las Ramblas, a Barcelona street with shops and cafes, popular with locals and tourists. They say the van was traveling at high speed and swerved from side to side, leaving a trail of blood and bodies with twisted, broken legs. Some witness say they saw two armed men jump out and disappear into a restaurant.
Police arrived almost instantly and immediately shut down the area. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on Twitter he has been in contact with local authorities and the government's priority is helping the wounded.U.S. President Donald Trump turned to Twitter, saying the U.S. "will do whatever is necessary to help."
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned, "Terrorists around the world should know, the United States and our allies are resolved to find you and bring you to justice." European leaders, including British Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron, are also condemning the attack.