UN chief condemns "heinous" Barcelona terrorist attack

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Secretary-General António Guterres. UN Photo/Mark Garten (file)

A terrorist attack in the Spanish city of Barcelona on Thursday has been condemned by the UN Secretary-General.

The attack took place in the historic Las Ramblas district in Barcelona, a popular tourist area.

Thirteen people were killed and up to 100 injured when a white van crashed into a crowd, according to media reports.

Dianne Penn has the story.

In a statement released by his spokesperson, UN Secretary-General António Guterres expressed hope that those responsible for what he called "this heinous violence" will be swiftly brought to justice.

The UN chief extended his heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of those killed and to the Government and people of Spain. 

He also wished a speedy recovery to the injured.

Mr Guterres underlined that the United Nations stands in solidarity with the Government of Spain in its fight against terrorism and violent extremism.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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