1 Canadian killed, 4 injured in Barcelona attack, Ottawa confirms
A Canadian citizen was killed and four others injured in the attack in Barcelona, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed Friday.
“It was with great sadness that I learned today that one Canadian was killed and four others injured during yesterday’s cowardly terrorist attack in Barcelona,” Trudeau said in a statement. “Sophie and I offer our condolences to the families and friends in mourning, and hope for a speedy recovery for the injured Canadians.”
Trudeau said Canada joins Spain and other countries around the world in remembering the victims and mourning the loss of so many innocent people.
“We must stand firm against the spread of hate and intolerance in all its forms. These violent acts that seek to divide us will only strengthen our resolve.”
Canadians in Spain were being advised to stay away from Las Ramblas tourist area in Barcelona, where an attacker drove a van into a crowd, killing at least 13 people and injuring more than 100.
A second attack occurred in the resort town of Cambrils southwest of Barcelona eight hours later, leaving one woman dead.
Reach out to loved ones
Global Affairs Canada urged Canadians in Spain to let their loved ones know they are safe.
No other information about the Canadian who was killed and those who were hurt was released. Canadian officials said they are in touch with the affected families.
In total, 13 people were killed in Barcelona and another in the separate attack in the nearby resort town of Cambrils. As many as 100 were injured.
Spanish authorities said the back-to-back vehicle attacks — as well as an explosion earlier this week in a house elsewhere in Catalonia — were related and the work of a large terrorist group. Four people were arrested in connection with the attacks.
Amid heavy security, Barcelona tried to move forward Friday, with its Las Ramblas promenade quietly reopening to the public and King Felipe VI and Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy joining thousands of residents and visitors in observing a minute of silence in the city’s main square.
“I am not afraid! I am not afraid!” the crowd chanted in Catalan amid applause.
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