Barcelona attacks: Massive march against extremist violence following Las Ramblas bloodshed

Marie Harrington
August 29, 2017

Five are in a critical condition.

The number of people killed in two vehicle attacks in Spain last week rose to 16 on Sunday after a German woman died from her injuries, local authorities in Barcelona have said.

More than 120 people were wounded.

Two other members of the 12-member cell were killed in an explosion before the van attack at a house apparently being used as a bomb factory in Alcanar, further down the coast from Cambrils.

The assailants used vehicles and knives in Spain's deadliest attack in more than a decade.

Emergency workers, taxi drivers, police and ordinary citizens who helped immediately after the Las Ramblas attack led the march.

King Felipe VI marched alongside Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and representatives of all of Spain's major political parties behind the first ranks.

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A day later, in the seaside resort of Cambrils, 100 kilometers away from Barcelona, five terrorists drove a auto into pedestrians before being fatally shot by security forces.

King Felipe VI joins the protest for peace in Barcelona.

Other concerns have been raised by police officers' unions, who have denounced a decision by pro-independence regional politicians to show a "self-sufficient" Catalonia and exclude other experts in the initial stages of the investigation into the attacks.

The Spanish High Court had earlier this week, ordered two of the four suspects detained in connection with the attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils to be sent to jail.

Reuters reported last week that Spanish police may have missed an opportunity to uncover the cell's plot by not raising the alarm after a massive blast on August 16 at the house where they were preparing explosives for a larger attack.

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