Barcelona Las Ramblas eyewitness: 'It was like an avalanche of people running away'

Barcelona: 'It was like an avalanche of people running away', says witness

A van has hit crowds of people in Barcelona

Thursday, August 17, 2017

An eyewitness to the tragedy in Barcelona this afternoon has said the aftermath of the incident was like "an avalanche" of people running.

A van has driven into a crowd in Las Ramblas, Barcelona injuring several people. Local media has reported that three people have died and police are treating the incident as a possible terror attack.

Human rights lawyer Aamer Anwar, who happened to be in Las Ramblas at the time, told Sam Delaney that when the incident happened "everybody started to run, people were jumping into shops, families pulling their kids out the prams.

"It was almost like an avalanche [of people running] you saw people in front people behind."

He explained that "the police appeared [the scene] very quickly, I mean within seconds" and they had their "guns out pushing us [away from the scene] and we’ve been moved back probably five or six times."

Anwar added that the atmosphere in the area now is "just shock, everybody’s on the phone you can see young people, obviously families are phoning up.

"It's insane."

Listen to the full interview above