Van plows through crowd in Barcelona

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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - A government official in Barcelona says one person has been confirmed dead and 32 others injured in the van attack in the city's historic Las Ramblas district.

Catalonia's regional interior chief Joaquim Forn said during a news conference on Thursday: "Unfortunately the number of fatalities will likely rise."

Media in Barcelona are reporting that up to 13 died in the attack. Barcelona police said on Twitter that 10 of the 32 people injured were seriously hurt.

The White House says President Donald Trump has been alerted to the unfolding situation in Barcelona.

Chief of staff John Kelly is aware of the developments and is keeping the president informed.

Trump is on a working vacation at his private golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey. His wife, first lady Melania Trump, sent her "thoughts and prayers" to Barcelona via Twitter.