Barcelona Issue Statement After Van Crashes Into Pedestrians

James DudkoFeatured ColumnistAugust 17, 2017

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 23 :  General view of The FC Barcelona club badge before the UEFA Champions League match between Arsenal and Barcelona at the Emirates Stadium on February 23, 2016 in London, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Catherine Ivill - AMA/Getty Images)
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FC Barcelona have issued a statement offering sympathy for the victims of a suspected terrorist attack in the largely tourist district of Las Ramblas on Thursday.

The Camp Nou club released these words on Twitter in the wake of the reported attack:

A van crashed into pedestrians in an attack officials have since said left 13 deaths and left more than 100 injured, per Barney Henderson, James Rothwell and Hannah Strange of the Daily Telegraph.

The attack occurred in the heart of Las Ramblas, the lengthy boulevard running through the centre of Barcelona. The street has traditionally been a busy and popular spot for tourists.

Police have been treating the incident as a terrorist attack while searching for the driver, who is said to have fled, according to local media reports (h/t BBC News).

Former Barcelona striker and current BBC Match of the Day and BT Sport host Gary Lineker also took to Twitter to express his sadness with events:

Barca's La Liga rivals Real Madrid issued a statement on their official website expressing solidarity with the city and its victims:

"Real Madrid C. F. would like to express its deepest sorrow regarding the attack which has taken place in the city of Barcelona and the club stands together with the victims, their families and their friends. It also hopes for the quickest possible recovery to all those injured in the incident."

Meanwhile, Premier League duo Arsenal and Manchester United were also among those from the football world who sought to provide support and comfort to those affected by the attack.

Barcelona's football club has moved quickly to unite with the city after this disturbing and tragic event.