The move was announced by Mayor Denis Coderre on Twitter, who added that his heart goes out to the city's mayor, Ada Colau, and all the people of Barcelona.
Witnesses said the white van zigzagged at high speed down Las Ramblas, a busy avenue thronged with tourists, knocking down pedestrians and leaving bodies strewn across the ground.
A man embraces a police officer on the spot where five terrorists were shot by police in Cambrils, Spain. Police believe the explosion, which killed one person and injured seven others, was caused an attempt to make explosive devices.
Catalonia's interior minister, Joaquim Forn, tells Onda Cero radio that the suspects in Cambrils were driving in an Audi 3 and began plowing down people when they reached a populated area near the boardwalk.
This is the emotional moment a crowd burst into spontaneous applause to show their respect for police officers standing guard in Plaza de Catalonia, Barcelona.
- Police now believe the cause of the blast came from the premature detonation of explosive devices, which the suspects had meant to use in an attacks.
The operation came after a van attack in Barcelona on Thursday that has so far left 13 dead and wounded 100 others. "My thoughts and prayers are with the families of those killed and injured", Naidu said in a message.
Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy tweeted that he was in contact with the local authorities, saying the priority was to help the victims and facilitate the work of security forces. The tribute ended with long applause and a spontaneous chant: "No tinc por" - Catalan for "I'm not afraid". "I am not afraid!"
Another U.S. citizen suffered minor injuries in the attack, officials said.
James Corden honored the victims of Thursday's horrific terror attack in Barcelona and stressed the importance of not allowing these attacks to be accepted as the norm. He told Belgian media the victim was a woman.
In Germany, the football league said matches in the top two divisions would be preceded by a silent memorial. The dead and injured are from over 24 countries.
Jom Cadman, one of four Australians injured in the events, was in Barcelona to attend her niece's wedding.
By Friday morning, Las Ramblas promenade had reopened to the public, albeit under heavy surveillance and an unusual quiet.
Citing police sources, Spain's RTVE as well as El Pais and TV3 identified the brother, 17-year-old Moussa Oukabir, as the suspected driver of the van.
The woman, in her 50s, was released home later on Friday afternoon.
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