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Barcelona & Cambrils Terrorist Attacks

Press Statement 18 August 2017

Barcelona & Cambrils Terrorist Attacks

Update statement from Àngels Bosch, president of the European Confederation of Police (EuroCOP) in response to the terrorist attacks on Las Ramblas, Barcelona and in Cambrils. “The citizens of Europe have once again been targeted in deadly and cowardly terrorist attacks.

Late in the afternoon of 17 August 2017 a vehicle deliberately drove at pedestrians who were going about their daily lives on Las Ramblas in Barcelona. Later that same evening another vehicle attack occurred in Cambrils where several others, including a police officer were targeted. At this time 13 people are known to have lost their lives and many dozens more have been injured, some seriously in the attack on Las Ramblas. Seven (including a police officer) were injured in the Cambrils attack.

The Cambrils attack resulted in 5 suspects wearing what were later confirmed to be fake suicide vests being shot and killed by courageous police officers who ran towards the attackers without a second thought for their own safety. Las Ramblas is popular with tourists as well as locals to Barcelona. It is a location that will be known by millions from all corners of the globe. Cambrils is also a popular tourist resort and is exceptionally busy at this time of year. There can be no doubt the impact of this attack will be felt in many countries. We extend our most sincere condolences to the families and friends of those who have lost their lives at the hands of terrorists. We wish those who have been injured a speedy recovery, and we stand with the citizens of Catalonia and wider Spain as they face up to the after effects of this tragedy.

Catalonia is wonderful vibrant region in Spain city that epitomises tolerance and love. It's citizens will never allow the democratic freedoms they enjoy to be destroyed by those who promote hatred. The crude and unsophisticated methods used to terrorise our citizens demonstrate that nowhere in Europe can be complacent about the likelihood of a terrorist attack in their own localities. EuroCOP once again urges governments to ensure police services have all the resources they need to be able to fight terrorism in order to help keep our citizens safe.”


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