Barcelona Victim of Terrorist Attack
A terrorist attack on Las Ramblas in Barcelona has killed at least 15 people and left 100 or more injured, around 15 or so critically.
The attack took place on Thursday 17th August around 5pm when a white van was driven onto the central pedrianised concourse of Barcelona's main boulevard ploughing forward for 500m, swerving left and right to hit as many people as possible. The van came to a halt after crashing into a kiosk after which the driver fled on foot.
Police currently suspect the driver to be 17 year old Moroccan, Moussa Oukabir, who used his brother's documents to rent the vehicle. The brother has since been arrested and claims not to have been involved in the organising of the attack.
Meanwhile a spate of other attacks took place around Catalonia in what was clearly an organised wave of assaults, including another van attack in the coastal resort of Cambrils that claimed one life and an explosion in Alcanar that killed one person.
Barcelona Life doesn't know what to make of this madness, but is sure the city will stay united and continue to be a place where freedom, inclusion, peace and love are celebrated.
Our hearts go out to the many people and their relatives affected by this atrocity, most of whom came to the city to enjoy themselves on holiday but whose lives have been lost or changed forever. We feel helpless right now, but hope that messages of unity and peace can help fight the radical intolerance and hate at the root of these attacks.