Spain terror attacks victims remembered in solemn ceremony in Barcelona

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Spain’s King and Queen are attending a solemn mass at Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia cathedral for the victims of the terror attacks.

King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia, along with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and other officials, arrived for the ceremony celebrated Sunday by the Archbishop of Barcelona, Cardinal Joan Josep Omella.

On Thursday, a van veered into a crowd on Barcelona’s famous boulevard Las Ramblas and killed 13 people. Hours later, a car attack in the seaside town of Cambrils killed another person.

More than 120 people were wounded in the twin attacks.

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King Felipe of Spain with his wife Letizia among other dignitaries at the ceremony

:: The victims of Spain’s terrorist attacks

The celebration takes place as Spanish police put up scores of roadblocks across the northeast in their manhunt for the suspected driver of the van.

Police in Catalonia are searching for Younes Abouyaaquoub, a 22-year-old Moroccan suspected of carrying out the attack. Local media says the manhunt is concentrating on the towns of Ripoll and Manlleu.

The investigation is also focusing on a missing imam who police believe could have died in a massive house explosion Wednesday.


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Spain: Security boosted as manhunt continues

Police believe Abdelbaki Es Satty may have radicalised the young men in the extremist cell, which may have accidently blown up a house in the seaside town of Alcanar.

Spanish authorities have said the terror cell behind the attacks has been “dismantled”.

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Queen Letizia visiting victims on Saturday

On Saturday, the Spanish royals visited injured attack victims in local hospitals, placed a wreath and candles at the attack site onLas Ramblas and signed a book of condolences at Barcelona city hall.

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