Woman injured in attacks in Spanish region of Catalonia Dies

Spain PM wants improved anti-terror cooperation in EU
Spain PM wants improved anti-terror cooperation in EU

28 August, 2017

The woman who died on Sunday was hurt when a man plowed a van through crowds of tourists on Spain's most famous street on August 17 - an attack that was claimed by the Islamic State terror group.

The first rank of the event had already been reserved for those who, from the first minute, were occupied victims: police officers, firefighters, taxi drivers, people and shopping of las Ramblas.

Spanish King Felipe VI, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and the head of Catalonia's regional government, Carles Puigdemont, also took part in the demonstration.

Nearly half a million people have taken to the streets in the Spanish city of Barcelona to condemn violence following recent terrorist attacks in Spain.

Thousands of people staged a rally against terror in Barcelona after the deadly attacks in Las Ramblas and Cambrils that left 15 dead and more than 100 wounded.

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A large portion of a million people partook in a brilliant peace challenge in Barcelona on Saturday after Spain's Catalonia district was hit with two dread assaults that killed 16 individuals.

The phrase has grown from a spontaneous civic answer to violence into a slogan that Spain's entire political class has unanimously embraced.

Still, some citizens whistled their displeasure as authorities passed by and held banners criticizing the king's role in promoting military exports to Saudi Arabia.

Europe has been shaken by a spate of deadly Islamist violence with an increasing number of low-tech attacks using vehicles or knives - sometimes both - as weapons. Six of them remain in critical condition. The Spanish authorities say that eight suspected terrorists are dead, two are jailed and two more now remain under investigation.

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said Friday the investigation into the attacks will be coordinated from now on by the Interior Ministry's organized crime and terrorism intelligence center, CITCO, after representatives of intelligence agencies and police forces met Thursday with judicial authorities at the country's National Court, which handles terrorism cases.

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