Following the disgusting news that a vehicle crashed into pedestrians in the busy tourist area of Las Ramblas in Barcelona, local authorities have confirmed that the incident was indeed an act of terror, and that official terrorist attack protocol has been activated in the area.
The vehicle jumped the sidewalk and struck people on La Rambla boulevard where it intersects with Plaza de Catalunya, according to local reports.
Speaking to reporters at the State Department shortly after a van plowed into a crowd in Barcelona, Tillerson said the incident "has the hallmarks of what appears to be yet another terrorist attack".
Spanish police called the incident a terror attack.
See video from the scene here: The witness said the suspect had something in his hand but he could not tell what it was.
The city also closed down metro stations in the area, with authorities telling people to stay away from the area.
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Over 230 suspected jihadist terrorists have been arrested in Spain since the start of 2015.
They originally put out a statement reading: "Huge collision on Las Ramblas in Barcelona by an individual driving a van, many injuries".
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said he was in contact with authorities, stressing that the priority was to help the injured. Catalan police have activated protocols for the attack.
"We arrested a man and we are treating this as a terrorist attack", Catalonian police said on Twitter. I saw a woman right next to me screaming for her kids.
A police officer gestures as he blocks a street in Barcelona, .
Eyewitness Ethan Spibey told Sky News: 'It was real chaos, people started running, screaming.
People speak on their phones as they stand on a street in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017.