Pope Francis offered prayers for the victims of a terrorist attack in Barcelona, Spain, that left at least 13 people dead and injured more than 100 others, while a further attack rocked a Spanish costal town.
“With great concern the Holy Father has learned about what is happening in Barcelona. The pope prays for the victims of this attack and wants to express his closeness to the whole Spanish people, particularly the injured and the families of the victims,” said Greg Burke, director of the Vatican press office.
A speeding van struck pedestrians in Barcelona’s Las Ramblas district on Thursday 17th August. Daesh took credit for the attack, saying it was in response to calls for its followers to target countries participating in the coalition trying to drive the extremist group from Syria and Iraq, the Associated Press reported.
Meanwhile, only hours later a further terror attack occurred in Cambrils, a coastal town and resort 68 miles down the coast from Barcelona. A gang wearing suicide belts rammed civilians with a car before being shot dead by police.
Seven people including a police officer are believed to have been injured in Cambrils.
Four of the attackers were shot dead at the scene and a fifth died later of his injuries.
Of the six civilians caught up in the Cambrils attack, two were said to be in a serious condition.
Picture: A police officer helps evacuate people after a van crashed into pedestrians in the Las Ramblas district of Barcelona, Spain, on 17th August. Terrorists killed at least 13 and injured more than 100 others. (CNS photo/Ana Jimenez, La Vanguardia via Reuters).