By Tessa Osteen
At 5 pm P.S.T. on August 17, 2017 a van driven by Younes Abouyaaquob dodged into a crowd of people fatally killing up to sixteen and injuring more than one hundred individuals. Nine hours later, five more men drove into pedestrians in the nearby small town of Cambrils, killing one woman, and injuring six others. All five of the attackers were shot down by police as they carried out these attacks.
Beforehand, on August 16th, an explosion occurred in a house from the Catalan town of Alcanar, killing two additional members of the terrorist organization and destroying a whole building. This action caused the terrorists to scramble and find an alternative plan for their destruction in Barcelona. The house was believed to be a place where young people were radicalized to carry out these kinds of atrocities.
Among the individuals, more than 34 nationalities were victimized including people from the U.S.,Germany, and many other countries. Police have reported that twelve members of the terrorist organizations are now dead or in custody. Only four of the suspect attackers will face a court in the upcoming days.
The Islamic state has taken responsibility through a propaganda news agency. The terror that occurred marks the terrorists latest effort to afflict fear among the Spanish citizens. Despite political differences the Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, and Barcelona’s mayor Ada Colau, held a minute of silence for the victims in this attack.
This event was the worst attack on Spanish soil in more than a decade with chaos upon chaos. Spain even beforehand received warnings of a possible terrorist attack in May but ultimately decided it lacked credibility. Many neighboring European countries have quickly expressed their solidarity with the people of Barcelona during their time of grievance.