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Barcelona: Australian boy Julian Cadman missing after attack, mother in hospital

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A seven-year-old Sydney boy is missing and his mother is in a serious condition in a Barcelona hospital after being caught up in the deadly terror attack.

Julian Cadman was separated from his mother Jom Cadman during the van attack on the Las Ramblas tourist boulevard, the family told the ABC.

Julian Cadman's father is flying to Barcelona tonight to search for his son. © Supplied/ABC News Julian Cadman's father is flying to Barcelona tonight to search for his son. The boy's father, Andrew Cadman, said he had spoken to the pair only several hours before the attack. Mr Cadman was flying to Barcelona tonight to search for his son. 

Family members have been sharing the photo online in a bid to find Julian.

"If you know anyone in that area that you can share this with, please do so," the boy's godfather Colin Baxter wrote on Facebook. Ms Cadman and her son had travelled to Barcelona to attend her niece's wedding. 

Julian Cadman's family is sharing his photo in a bid to find him © Supplied/ABC News Julian Cadman's family is sharing his photo in a bid to find him

Australians among 100 injured in van attack

Earlier today, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said an Australian remained "unaccounted for" after the van attack on the tourist strip which left 13 dead.

"We condemn in the strongest possible terms these brutal and cowardly attacks, and in the case of Las Ramblas clearly designed to harm and affect tourists who were visiting the area," she said.

Witnesses to the van attack said the white vehicle had zigzagged at high speed down Las Ramblas, ramming pedestrians and cyclists, sending some hurtling through the air and leaving bodies strewn in its wake.

More than 100 people were injured in the attack and authorities have warned the death toll could rise.

Ms Bishop said four Australians were injured in the attack.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop speaks during a press conference in Melbourne, Friday, August 18, 2017. © AAP Image/Tracey Nearmy Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop speaks during a press conference in Melbourne, Friday, August 18, 2017.

Spanish police arrested two people after the attack, but the driver fled on foot and remained at large on Friday morning (local time).

Police said the attack in Barcelona was connected to two other incidents: one in the Spanish resort town of Cambrils, south of Barceona, and one in the town of Alcanar.

Five suspected terrorists who police said were carrying bomb belts were shot dead in Cambrils after their car was reportedly driven into pedestrians, injuring seven people — one critically.

An explosion in a house in Alcanar, where police believe a homemade bomb was being prepared, killed one person and injured another.

Ms Bishop said there were no reports that any Australians were involved in the other incidents.


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