Spanish attacks death toll rises to 16 after woman dies in hospital

Officials in Catalonia say 51-year-old German woman died from injuries suffered in terrorist attack in Barcelona

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.

“This morning a 51-year-old German woman died after being treated in a critical condition in hospital,” said a statement from the region’s civil defence.

The attacks in Las Ramblas in Barcelona and in the seaside resort of Cambrils left about 120 people wounded. Authorities say 24 people remain in hospital, with five in critical condition and four in a serious condition.

The woman, who has not been named, died on Sunday in the intensive care unit of Hospital del Mar in Barcelona, according to the regional health department.

The woman was hurt when a van ploughed through crowds of tourists on Spain’s most famous street on 17 August. The attack was claimed by the Islamic State terror group.

Hours later, a car sped into Cambrils, about 75 miles (120km) south of the city, hitting people before crashing into a police vehicle.

The five occupants of the Audi A3 jumped out and went on a stabbing spree, killing a woman, before they were shot dead by police.

Another man was stabbed to death in a carjacking as the driver of the van that was driven into pedestrians in Las Ramblas made his getaway. The driver of the van, identified as 22-year-old Younes Abouyaaqoub, was shot dead by police after several days on the run.

Police said they believed a 12-man terror cell had planned and carried out the attacks. Eight are dead, while four appeared in court in Madrid last week. An investigation into the cell’s possible international links is ongoing.

According to reports in Spanish media, the cell had planned a much bigger attack, with possible targets including the Sagrada Família, Antoni Gaudí’s much-loved, half-finished church in Barcelona.

About 500,000 people marched on Saturday in Barcelona to condemn the attacks under the slogan no tinc por (I am not afraid).

The march was led by police and members of the emergency services, as well as taxi drivers who had helped evacuate people at the time of the attack. They were followed by King Felipe VI – the first Spanish monarch to join a march since the monarchy was re-established in the 1970s – the prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, the Catalan president, Carles Puigdemont, and the Barcelona mayor, Ada Colau, among other prominent political leaders.

Rajoy had appealed to all sides of the political spectrum to take part in the march to show that “Catalonia and the rest of Spain [are] united against terror”.

Some pro-independence marchers turned out bearing their flags and booed both the king and the prime minister.

Colau made no reference to the booing in her speech afterwards when she said: “Today more than ever we are proud to be the capital of Catalonia because people have come from all over the country.”

Pugdemont commented that despite the “legitimate political disagreements” the eulogy to the victims had been dignified.

People continued to light candles and lay flowers in Las Ramblas on Sunday in memory of the victims.

Contributor

Stephen Burgen in Bareclona and agencies

The GuardianTramp

Related Content

Article image
Spain terror attacks death toll rises to 15 as main suspect hunted across Europe
Officials confirm man found fatally stabbed in car near Barcelona was killed in attacks, as search for Younes Abouyaaqoub widens

Stephen Burgen in Barcelona and agencies

21, Aug, 2017 @1:03 PM

Article image
Spain terror attacks: Catalan interior ministry was warned about imam
Spokeswoman confirms contact from Flemish town of Vilvoorde about Abdelbaki Es Satty, who radicalised terror cell that killed 15 people

Stephen Burgen in Barcelona

24, Aug, 2017 @12:58 PM

Article image
'These boys were raised among us': terror cell town reels after Catalonia attacks
Ripoll, where a dozen men appear to have been radicalised, is no Muslim ghetto but a small moderately prosperous community

Jonathan Watts in Ripoll

22, Aug, 2017 @4:00 AM

Article image
Spanish navy captain dies in Antarctica after falling overboard
Body of 53-year-old Javier Montojo Salazar recovered from sea near Livingstone Island

Sam Jones in Madrid

04, Mar, 2018 @10:49 AM

Article image
Barcelona and Cambrils attacks: why was Spain targeted by terrorists?
Country has been on its second highest alert since 2015, and Catalonia has a reputation as a meeting place for radicals

Sam Jones and Giles Tremlett in Cambrils

18, Aug, 2017 @2:37 PM

Article image
Viable suicide vest found in rubble of Spain attackers' bomb factory
Vest went unnoticed when blast was initially dismissed as gas explosion, raising questions about Catalan police response

Stephen Burgen in Barcelona, Kim Willsher in Paris and Ian Cobain in London

23, Aug, 2017 @3:35 PM

Article image
From gas blast to carnage in Las Ramblas: the attacks that shook Spain
A night of terrorism in Catalonia that left 19 people dead - including five terrorists - and more than 130 injured began with a botched attempt to construct a gas bomb

Giles Tremlett in Cambrils Stephen Burgen in Barcelona and Ian Cobain in London

19, Aug, 2017 @4:00 AM

Article image
Family ties among Spanish terror cell echo past attacks
Four sets of brothers have been linked to the Spain attacks, and brothers were involved in Paris, Boston and 9/11

Ian Cobain

21, Aug, 2017 @4:29 PM

Article image
Woman dies after eating at Michelin-starred restaurant
Spanish authorities say 28 others suffered food poisoning after dining at Riff in Valencia

Sam Jones in Madrid

21, Feb, 2019 @3:55 PM

Article image
Star of Spanish crime fiction returns years after creator's death
Manuel Vázquez Montalbán’s gourmand private eye Pepe Carvalho gets another case in new novel by Carlos Zanón

Sam Jones in Madrid

13, Jan, 2017 @6:30 AM