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:
FC Barcelona @FCBarcelona
Deeply saddened by the attack on our city. All our thoughts are with the victims, their families and with the people of Barcelona.2017-8-17 16:43:38
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:
Gary Lineker @GaryLineker
Deeply saddened to hear about the attack in the wonderful city of Barcelona. What purpose this barbarity serves is beyond comprehension.2017-8-17 17:39:50
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."
Barcelona's football club has moved quickly to unite with the city after this disturbing and tragic event.