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Beavers' basketball team witnesses Barcelona attack first-hand

Victims and bystanders at the scene of the terrorist attacks in Barcelona, Spain on Thursday. 

BARCELONA, Spain - Officials have confirmed that all members of the Oregon State men's basketball team are safe following a terrorist attack in Spain on Thursday.

Twelve people died when a vehicle drove into a pedestrian walkway called "Las Ramblas" in the heart of Barcelona.

The Beavers men's basketball team was staying in a hotel in the area, and witnessed the attack first-hand while eating dinner outside.


Greg Gottlieb, the team's assistant coach, said the incident "happened right in front of us as our team just sat down for a pregame meal."

"I don't think people understand the gravity of what occurred here," head coach Wayne Tinkle said in a video statement posted to his Twitter account. "All of our party and players are accounted for - everything's good with our guys. It's obviously a tough thing to deal with going forward."

Tinkle confirmed that everyone from the team is safe, but they're not comfortable doing media interviews at the time.

The Clemson Tigers and Arizona Wildcats also had their basketball programs in Barcelona at the time of the crash.

Catalan police confirmed that 13 people were killed and at least 100 were injured.

Senior police official Josep Lluis Trapero told reporters that this was "clearly a terror attack intended to kill as many people as possible."

The Beavers were traveling throughout Spain this month playing exhibition games. They were originally scheduled to leave Spain on August 25.



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