Four Australians are among the 100 injured after a van plowed into a crowd of tourists in Barcelona’s popular Las Ramblas area on Thursday.
At least 16 people died in the incident.
Foreign minister Julie Bishop said earlier today that four Australians were injured in the attack. This afternoon she revised that figure up.
“Eight Australians have been effected including four who have been injured, three who have needed consular support, and one who is unaccounted for,” she said.
“Of the four who have been injured that includes one woman who is from New South Wales [she is] in a stable condition but was seriously injured. A second woman, also from NSW is in a serious condititon in hospital. She was travelling on a British passport. Two young men from Victoria have been injured. They have received treatment at hospital but both have been discharged. One Australian remains unaccounted for.”
Three attacks have been linked
Police have since linked two other attacks to the incident at Las Ramblas.
One occurred in Cambrils, 120 kilometres south of Barcelona, on Friday in which five suspects were killed and another six people were injured. No Australians are thought to have been effected by this event.
There is also reports that a house explosion in the town of Alcanar, 200 kilometres south of Barcelona, on Wednesday is linked to the Las Ramblas attack.
Bishop said “the situation is evolving but we understand from the Catalonia authorities that 16 people were killed at Las Ramblas and at least 100 injured — they are the figures coming from the Catalan authorities”.
The government has revised its travel advice for Australians traveling to Spain to take caution since the Barcelona attacks.
Those worried about their loved ones can call this number from Australia 1300 555 135.
The hotline has already received more than 380 calls today.
ISIS has claimed responsibility
Bishop said the Australian government condemns these attacks, which ISIS has claimed responsibility for, and remains committed to keeping Australians safe here and overseas.
Earlier today, prime minister Malcolm Turnbull reiterated that Australia stands by Spain in the fight against Islamist terrorism, saying “this is a global battle”.
“The Australian public and the Australia people condemn the terrorist attack in Barcelona overnight,” he said.
“Our love, our prayers are with the victims of the families.”
Two suspects have been arrested over the incident and the scene is in lockdown late on Thursday night, Spanish time.
One of the first on the scene in Melbourne’s Bourke St tragedy was also caught up in the Barcelona attack.
Melbourne MFB Commander Graeme O’Sullivan was metres from the site, where he is on holidays with his wife, when he heard “a rumbling sound”.
“I heard a rumbling sound to begin with, then a distinct thud sound of the vehicle hitting pedestrians and some pretty horrific screams,” O’Sullivan told the Herald Sun.
Although the Bourke St tragedy was not terror-related, O’Sullivan the results and the horrific scenes were the same. More on that here.
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