Neither Suspect in Custody Was Driver of Van That Killed 13 - Catalan Police

© AP Photo / Manu FernandezPolice officers stand next to the van involved on an attack in Las Ramblas in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017.
Police officers stand next to the van involved on an attack in Las Ramblas in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017. - Sputnik International
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Catalan police have confirmed that the driver of the van that killed 13 people in Barcelona Thursday afternoon is still at large. Police say the driver of the van escaped on foot and appeared to be unarmed.

Meanwhile, police say two suspects taken into custody after the attack were not behind the wheel. One of the suspects was Moroccan while the other was a Spanish national from Melilla.

Catalan police officials have also confirmed that a man who ran over two police officers at a Barcelona checkpoint was shot dead by authorities. He was a Spanish national. Police have not said if the incident was connected to the terror attack.

A police officer gestures as he blocks a street in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017. - Sputnik International
Catalan Government Declares 3 Days of Mourning After Deadly Barcelona Van Attack

The central Las Ramblas district where the deadly van attack took place has been evacuated.

Police have also confirmed that they believe Thursday's van attack is connected with an explosion in a house in the Alancar area Wednesday that killed two and injured several.

A Catalan official has said the number of deaths from the attack could rise above the 13 already confirmed. One hundred people are being treated for injuries.

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