Just a few days after the domestic terrorism in Charlottesville, Virgina, the world was shaken by another attack, this one in the Catalonia region in Spain over three days and claimed by ISIS. The deadliest and most widely covered part was on Thursday evening when a van was driven into Barcelona’s busiest tourist area, killing 13 people and injuring over 100. The victims were from 34 countries, including Canada. Thursday’s attack was one of three terror incidents in the area police believe to be related. Here’s what we know.
Three attacks in three days
On Wednesday night, in the city of Alcanar, there was an explosion in a house that police believe was an early detonation of a device that was meant to be used later. Officials are saying that this premature detonation likely foiled a much larger gas canister attack plan. One individual was killed and seven were injured in the blast.
Thursday’s attack was the largest in Spain since the 2004 Madrid bombings, according to CNN. The driver escaped on foot and is still thought to be at large.
Friday morning, five armed men drove a car through a crowd in Cambrils, a city south of Barcelona. One woman was killed and six others were injured. All five attackers were killed by police at the scene.
What’s happening now?
ISIS has claimed the attack through their media outlet, although they have not provided evidence proving their involvement. Four men–three Moroccan citizens and one Spanish–have been arrested in connection to the attacks. As of now, it is unclear how many others were involved and the driver in the Barcelona attack, at least, is thought to still be on the run.
There has been an outpouring of supportive messages from world leaders, celebrities and others since the terror on Thursday. Even Donald Trump–who has been greatly criticized for his handling of domestic terrorism in his own country this week–had a supportive message for Spain.
Canada condemns today’s terror attack in Barcelona – our hearts, sympathies & support are with the victims and their families.
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) August 17, 2017
The United States condemns the terror attack in Barcelona, Spain, and will do whatever is necessary to help. Be tough & strong, we love you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2017
Michelle and I are thinking of the victims and their families in Barcelona. Americans will always stand with our Spanish friends. Un abrazo.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 17, 2017
All my love to Barcelona today. 💔
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) August 17, 2017
Sending all my love to Barcelona and those affected by this horrible tragedy pic.twitter.com/U4Y8Oi3Q2y
— Gal Gadot (@GalGadot) August 17, 2017
— Elizabeth Banks (@ElizabethBanks) August 17, 2017