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Spain mourning – Barcelona’s terror attack kills 14

Spain is mourning - Thursday evening’s van attack on pedestrians in Barcelona’s tourist district of Las Ramblas killed 14 people and left dozens injured. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack. There are no Georgian citizens among the dead or injured in the August 17 attack. 

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy declared three days of mourning after what he called a "jihadist attack." Candles are lit at La Lambla Boulevard. Thousands of people including Spain’s king and prime minister held a minute of silence for the victims.

King Felipe VI and Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, along with Catalan regional president Carles Puigdemont, stood in front of the crowd in Placa de Cataluyna during the remembrance. The participants broke into applause before the crowd chanted repeatedly: “I am not afraid! I am not afraid!”

World leaders expressed condolence to families of the attack’s victims as well as Spanish people and government including Georgian President and Prime Minister. 

“I am deeply concerned about terrorist attack in Barcelona. We, together with the international community, continue fight against the biggest threat of the modern world. On behalf of the Georgian people, I condole to the families of victims and express support to the government and people of Spain,” reads the statement of Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili. 

“I am deeply concerned about the attack in Barcelona, Spain, that resulted in casualties. I express support to the Spanish government, Spanish people. Terrorism is threatening the world civilians with new methods of cruelty. Innocent people are dying,” PM Giorgi Kvirikashvili said in the statement. 

Speaking to reporters in Berlin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that “these murderous attacks have once again showed us the total hatred of humanity with which Islamist terrorism acts.” She added “we will not allow these murderers to make us depart from our path, from our way of life.” She said “terrorism can cause us bitter and deeply sad hours, as has happened in Spain, but it won’t defeat us.”

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