Spanish Attacks Death Toll Rises to 16 After Woman Dies in Hospital

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The number of people killed in two vehicle attacks in Spain two weeks ago rose to 16 on Sunday after a German woman died from her injuries after being treated in a critical condition in hospital.

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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 was not named, was hurt when a van ploughed through crowds of tourists on Spain’s most famous street on 17 August.

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.

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, and prime minister Mariano Rajoy, among other prominent political leaders.

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


Earlier reports:

Aug 19, Barcelona Attack: New Manhunt for Suspected Driver

Aug 18, What Is Known So Far About Terror Attacks in Spain