A&M women's basketball team, other Aggies unharmed in Spain

Published: Aug. 17, 2017 at 2:52 PM CDT
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Authorities now say an apparent terrorist attack in Barcelona left 13 people dead and more than 50 injured after a white van jumped the sidewalk and plowed through a crowd Thursday in the city's historic Las Ramblas district.

The Texas A&M women's basketball team is currently in Spain for a 10-day trip, where the Aggies play four games and take in the sights and culture in Madrid, Valencia and Barcelona.

Texas A&M Athletics posted the following message Thursday on Twitter:

"All individuals with the group are safe and accounted for. The Department of Athletics is in contact with the team and the organizers of the tour. The safety and security of our student-athletes and the entire travel party is our highest priority."

The women's basketball team also posted this message on its Twitter account:

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the gracious, hospitable, friendly people of Spain and all affected by Thursday's tragedy."

Initial media reports had set the death toll at 13, but police at first said only one person had died and that 32 others were injured.

Hours after the attack ISIS claimed responsibility for what happened.

Other Aggies In Spain React to the Attack

Ryan Emmons, Texas A&M Class of 2013, posted on Twitter he was near the attack and heard several shots fired.

"I'm almost certain there was a guy with a gun about a block away, and everyone started running way. We just kept running," wrote Emmons on Twitter.

"Police just told us to run, so we did. I think we are safe for now," he said.

Aggie and Houston resident Jason Zimmermann also has been tweeting several messages during his visit to Barcelona.

"We're okay for now. We were pretty close to where the van ran into people. What sounded very much like gunshots happened very close to us," wrote Zimmermann on his Twitter account.