13 dead, 50 injured in Barcelona terrorist attack

A van plowed down the sidewalk through a tourist zone.

Thirteen people were killed and dozens more injured when a van drove onto the sidewalk and down a pedestrian zone in a popular tourist area of Barcelona, Spain, Thursday.

Catalonia's interior minister Joaquim Forn confirmed in a tweet 13 people were killed and 50 were injured in what police are calling a terrorist attack. 

One person has been arrested, police tweeted

The incident happened in the city's historic Las Ramblas district. It's a popular street that has a pedestrian path down the middle. It's lined with shops, and is a very popular place for tourists. 

Vehicles have been used more often in extremist attacks in Europe over the past year, The Associated Press notes. The most deadly attack happened in July 2016 when a tractor-trailer crashed into people celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, France, killing 86 people.

The U.S. responds

President Donald Trump tweeted about the attack, saying the U.S. will do whatever it can to help. 

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security also released a statement on the attack, saying, in part: "We will not let terrorism become the new normal. Instead, such acts of violence only harden our resolve to fight back against violent extremists, bring them to justice, and dismantle their networks." 

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