Foreign Office statement following apparent terrorist attack in Barcelona

Following what is being treated as a terrorist attack in Barcelona when a hired van drove into a crowd of people in the Ramblas, the British Embassy in Madrid and Consulate General in Barcelona say that they are in contact with local authorities and urgently seeking further information. At present, it does seem that there are fatalities with perhaps dozens injured, and anyone in Barcelona has been asked to stay inside and stay away from the Las Ramblas area of the city. Catalonian police say that a person from Marseilles who has been living in the Spanish city of Girona has been arrested after trying to flee the scene, and that reports of gunmen holed up in a restaurant are false.

Official recommendations for those caught up in an ongoing incident are to turn any mobile phones or other devices to silent, to avoid putting the specific location on social media, and to follow the advice of the local authorities when instructed. If you are safe, follow the instructions of the Spanish authorities and notify friends and family via social networks, to avoid using phone lines. A helpline has been set up on 0034 93 214 21 24, although some callers have experienced problems with the line. The Spanish authorities are working to resolve this.

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