Spain holds memorial service to pay tribute to victims of Catalonia Attacks

  20 August 2017    Read: 637
Spain holds memorial service to pay tribute to victims of Catalonia Attacks

A memorial service is held in the Sagrada Familia, a Roman Catholic church in the city of Barcelona, to honor the victims of recent attacks which took place in the Spanish region of Catalonia.

King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, Catalan regional President Carles Puigdemont and many other politicians attend the memorial service.

On Thursday, a van hit pedestrians in the center of Barcelona, killing over a dozen and injuring over 130 others. Hours after the incident, another vehicle attack took place in the southern Catalan town of Cambrils. In the attack, a police officer and six civilians were injured and at least one of them later died. The responsibility for the van attacks in Catalonia was reportedly claimed by the Islamic State terror group (IS, outlawed in Russia).

Catalan police consider Moroccan national Younes Abouyaaqoub, 22, to be the perpetrator of the Barcelona van attack.

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