Published: Mon, August 28, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Death toll rises in Barcelona terrorist attack

Death toll rises in Barcelona terrorist attack

A police officer holds roses during a demonstration against the last week's terrorist attacks on August 26, 2017 in Barcelona, Spain.

More than 100 people were injured after a vehicle ploughed into the pedestrians at Barcelona's famed Las Ramblas boulevard tourist area.

The death of the 51-year-old means the attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils have claimed the lives of 16 civilians.

A woman also was also killed in Cambrils in a stabbing spree by the five occupants of a auto that drove at pedestrians before crashing into a police vehicle. The attacker, Younes Abouyaaqoub, was shot dead five days later by police west of Barcelona.

Police said they believed a 12-man terror cell had planned and carried out the attacks.

After the death of the driver of the van that wound up hundreds of passers-by in that Barcelona artery, the Mossos disintegrated the criminal command, although they are still investigating possible global connections of its 12 members.

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Eight suspects have been killed since the attacks, two are in prison and two more are under investigation.

A #Peace March by 500,000 people hit the streets of #Barcelona on Saturday to show that people are not afraid, following the brutal terror attack in La Rambla in the city on August 17.

Upon their arrival, Felipe VI and the head of the government Mariano Rajoy, however, have had to try of boos and whistles, repeated elsewhere in the procession when they appeared on a giant screen.

Colau made no reference to the booing in her speech afterwards when she said: "Today more than ever we are proud to be the capital of Catalonia because people have come from all over the country".

Spain's King King Felipe VI, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and the President of Catalonia Carles Puigdemont joined the crowd side by side. The march will be led by the taxi drivers, emergency workers and ordinary people who helped victims in the initial moments after the attack.

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