What we know — Spain terror attacks

Aubin Brasseur
Août 20, 2017

The minister also said that a psychological assistance unit had been set up at the French consulate in Barcelona and specially trained personnel will respond to all requests for psychological help for the families of the victims.

She recounted how she and her friends took refuge inside a shop as crowds ran from a vehicle as it ploughed through pedestrians on the famous Las Ramblas boulevard in Barcelona on Thursday afternoon.

Catalonia police said the arrest was made in Ripoll, the same city in northern Catalonia where another suspect and Driss Oukabir, a Moroccan, have already been detained on suspicion of as-yet unspecified involvement in the attacks.

Two of the dead were from Italy; one was from Belgium.

Sadly, even though more lives were saved, the perpetrators still carried out the frightening vehicle attacks in the two cities.

Two years ago, an account registered in the name of Moussa Oukabir posted regularly on a question-and-answer website called Kiwi.

There were up to 34 nationalities among the victims, who came from countries as varied as Venezuela, Ireland, Peru, Algeria and China, according to Spain's civil protection agency.

A fourth suspect was arrested Friday over the attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils.

"We are working on the hypothesis that these attacks were being prepared for a while around this private home in Alcanar", he said. Four suspects have also been arrested. Canadian PM Justin Trudeau said one of the dead was Canadian.

Hajar Menssouri, a 24-year-old laboratory technician and student, told CNN: "I joined the march to show that fear would not divide us".

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Four other men drove onto the sidewalk of London Bridge, unleashing a rampage with knives that killed eight people in June. The red-and-yellow flag with the blue star symbolizes its long-desired independence from Spain.

Police officers take security measures at the area after a van plowed into the crowd.

Authorities have been searching for Moussa Oukabir, an 18-year-old Moroccan, in connection with the van attack.

"I saw a foreigner dead with a gunshot in the head".

It was a poignant moment of unity for Barcelona and for Spain.

Thursday's bloodshed was Spain's deadliest attack since 2004, when al-Qaida-inspired bombers killed 192 people in coordinated assaults on Madrid's commuter trains. One is the brother of the Audi A3 driver in Cambrils, another named as Mohamed Houli, 21, from Morocco, was injured in the Alcanar explosion.

They lay on the ground, without knowing what was going on, before they were eventually allowed to leave and walked back to their hostel.

Fighting terrorism is a common, global effort, whatever people's political preferences, he said.

David Madden, analyst at the spreadbetting firm CMC Markets UK, said the attack had shaken tourist-related stocks: "When events like this happen, traders wonder will there be a negative impact on tourism, and companies in the travel and leisure sector feel the pressure", he said. Puigdemont thanked Rajoy for his "willingness" to meet and work with the Catalan government.

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