BARCELONA, SPAIN – A white van reportedly plowed into a massive crowd in Barcelona, Spain on Thursday (August 17), killing at least 13 people and injuring dozens more. The BBC has confirmed it was a jihadist attack. Witnesses say the suspects zigzagged at high speed down the Las Ramblas thoroughfare, mowing down pedestrians and leaving bodies in its wake.
One suspect was killed and two others have been arrested, according to The Independent. Meanwhile, over 100 people have been hospitalized in connection to the attack.
Many people in the Hip Hop community have taken to social media to express their reactions to the melee, including Russell Simmons, Lyrics Born, Kid Ink and Talib Kweli.
Former president Barack Obama also posted to Twitter and wrote, “Michelle and I are thinking of the victims and their families in Barcelona. Americans will always stand with our Spanish friends. Un abrozo.” Un abrazo is Spanish for “a hug.”
This latest tragedy comes on the heels of the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.
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