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Clemson basketball team believed unharmed after Barcelona terror attack

Children, some in tears, are escorted down a road in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017. Police in Barcelona say a white van has mounted a sidewalk, struck several people in the city's Las Ramblas district.
Children, some in tears, are escorted down a road in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017. Police in Barcelona say a white van has mounted a sidewalk, struck several people in the city's Las Ramblas district.

The Clemson Men’s Basketball team is in Barcelona, Spain, was not caught up in the terrorist van attack or its aftermath, school officials reported Thursday on Facebook.

The team is in Barcelona for an exhibition game Thursday night.

“We’ve been in contact with our men’s basketball program currently in Barcelona and the entire travel party is safe and secure,” reported a message from Clemson Athletics posted shortly afternoon.

“Their exhibition game tonight has been canceled and the team will return to Clemson as previously scheduled tomorrow. Our thoughts are with the people of Barcelona and those injured at this time.”

Clemson TigerNet blogger and radio personality Mickey Plyler reported via Twitter that the terrorist incident occurred “right outside” the hotel where the team was staying, near Las Ramblas.

ESPN.com is reporting the Clemson, Oregon State and Tulane men's basketball teams were in Barcelona for the exhibition games. The site reports Clemson was to play Thursday night against the Barcelona All-Stars.

The terrorist attack involved a white van that plowed into a packed summer crowd Thursday in Barcelona's historic Las Ramblas district, reportedly killing 13 and injuring 50.

Barcelona police called it a terror attack. Police cordoned off the broad street that is popular with tourists, ordering stores and nearby Metro and train stations to close. They asked people to stay away from the area so as not to get in the way of emergency services. A helicopter hovered over the scene.

Quoting unnamed police sources, the El Pais newspapers said the two perpetrators of the crash were holed up in a bar in Tallers Street. Armed police ran down the streets and through a market, checking in stores and cafes, presumably in search of them.

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