INDONESIAN EMBASSY IN MADRID ISSUES WARNING AFTER BARCELONA’S VAN ATTACK

JAKARTA, Indonesia -- The Indonesian Embassy in Madrid, Spain warned Indonesian citizens in Spain to exercise caution following a deadly van attack, killing 13 people and injuring more than 100 others in Barcelona on Thursday evening, Indonesia's Antara news agency reported.

A travel advice issued by the Indonesian Embassy in Madrid on Thursday urged Indonesian citizens in Spain, especially in Barcelona, or those visiting Spain to be on alert and cautious following the van attack.

Prior to their travel in Spain, Indonesian citizens are also urged to follow the current situation in their travel destination in Spain and to avoid crowded places.

The embassy also urged Indonesian citizens in Spain to always bring their ID when they are outside of their houses.

The Indonesian Embassy in Madrid keeps its communication line opened for consultation and information regarding situations of particular places in Spain.

Indonesians citizens can contact Indonesian Embassy's hotline number 34 619 31 23 80 or its address on Calle de Agastia, 65, 28043, Madrid, T: 34 914130294.

Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated here on Friday that there was no report of any Indonesians among the victims of the attack.

The attack happened at around 5pm local time when a man, described as slim and aged in his mid-20's drove a white van at high speed for several hundred metres onto Barcelona's famous Las Ramblas tourist area.

Witnesses described seeing a white van speeding along the pedestrian area, deliberately targeting people, knocking many to the floor and sending others fleeing for cover in shops and cafes.

Spanish police have described it as a terror attack and confirmed they have arrested a man in connection with it.

Local media also reported that one of the Barcelona terror attackers died in fire exchange with police.

Las Ramblas is popular with tourists because of its market stalls, bars and restaurants.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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