Terror Attack in Barcelona Left 13 Killed 80 Wounded

Screenshot from Catalan government's Interior Minister Joaquim Forn's Twitter
Screenshot from Catalan government's Interior Minister Joaquim Forn's Twitter

A terror attack in Barcelona’s renowned Las Ramblas has left 13 people killed and 80 others wounded.

A suspected terrorist named Driss Oubakir ploughed his van into the crowds to cause deaths and mayhem in the busy tourist spot.

The vicious terrorist group ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack. ISIS claimed that their ‘soldiers’ have carried out the attack in Barcelona.

Catalan police said that two Catalan police officers have also been attacked.

The Prime Minister of Spain Mariano Brey has condemned the attack. He posted on his Facebook page, “The Government of Spain strongly condemns the terrorist attack that took place this afternoon on the Ramblas resulting in the killing of several people and dozens of wounded. Terrorists will never defeat a united people who love freedom against barbarism. All of Spain is with the victims and their families.”

He added, “I’m on my way to Barcelona. The priority is to serve the people affected and to facilitate the work of security forces and bodies. Coordination is being maximum to arrest murderers and strengthen security. Unit.”

The Royal family of Spain condemned the attack in a statement that said, “They are assassins, simply criminals who are not going to terrorize us.” The Roayal family’s latest post on the family’s official Twitter feed reads “All of Spain is Barcelona.”

Footballer Lionel Messi expressed grief and sent his condolences for the victims. “I want to send my condolences and all my support for the families and friends of the victims of the terrible attack in our beloved Barcelona, and to totally condemn any act of violence,” Messi said.

The world leaders are with Barcelona

The world leaders have expressed grief and sympathized with the victims in Barcelona.

The U.S. President Trump tweeted, “The United States condemns the terror attack in Barcelona, Spain, and will do whatever is necessary to help. Be tough & strong, we love you!”

The Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau said, “Canada condemns today’s terror attack in Barcelona – our hearts, sympathies & support are with the victims and their families.”

The Russian President Putin said that the attack in Barcelona was a “cruel and cynical crime committed against civilians. What has happened once again confirms the need for a real unification of the efforts of the entire global community in an uncompromising struggle against the forces of terror.”

The U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said, “What inspired today’s terror attack, The United States stands ready to assist the people of Spain and find and punish those responsible.”

The Holy See press office of Vatican said in a statement, “The Holy Father is following with great concern what is happening in Barcelona. The Pope is praying for the victims of this attack and wants to express all his closeness to the Spanish people, in particular to the injured and the families of the victims”

The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, “Tonight we saw the terrorism hit everywhere, and the civilized world to fight it together to defeat it.”

“Israel strongly condemns the terrorist attack in Barcelona. On behalf of the citizens of Israel, I send condolences to the families of those who were killed and wishes for a quick recovery to the injured,” said Netanyahu.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesperson Steffen Seibert tweeted, “We are mourning the victims of this disgusting attack in Barcelona – in solidarity and friendship, side-by-side with the Spanish.”

Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo said that the Eiffel Tower will go dark to sympathize with the victims of Barcelona attack and in tribute to them.

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