Friday, 22 September, 2017

British grandfather in search for missing 7-year-old after Barcelona attack

There are at least 34 nationalities among the dead and injured in Spain's twin attacks British grandfather in search for missing 7-year-old after Barcelona attack
Saul Franklin | 19 August, 2017, 07:39

Thirteen people were killed Thursday afternoon in the popular Las Ramblas area of Barcelona when a white van zigzagged at high speed down the busy avenue thronged with tourists, knocking down pedestrians.

The incident took place at the height of the tourist season in Barcelona, which is one of Europe┬┤s top travel destinations with at least 11 million visitors a year.

His wife was injured trying to save the boy from the vehicle, witnesses said.

Officials in Barcelona said today the death toll in the attack in the heart of the city has gone up to 14. Four were injured, three required consular assistance, and one was unaccounted for.

A seven-year-old boy from Australia is missing after the Barcelona attack and his mother is badly injured.

He said: "My Grandson, Julian Alessandro Cadman is missing. We have found Jom and she is serious but stable in hospital", Claire O'Sullivan wrote on Facebook.

"All that we've been told is that she is in a serious condition, she has got multiple fractures everywhere - arms, legs, severe facial injuries".

A Belgian national has been confirmed dead.

Ms Intan, a Commonwealth Bank worker was named by Fairfax as also being seriously injured in the attack. He travelled to Barcelona on Friday "to assure Spain of France's support".

The pair, from Sydney, were reportedly in Barcelona for a wedding.

The Foreign Office said a "small number" of Britons were among the injured from 34 countries.

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The Irish boy, Nathaniel, was travelling with his parents Norman and Pederlita Putot, and sister Pearl to celebrate his birthday. It did not confirm their identities. They were holidaying in the Catalan capital alongside their two Irish-born children, Nathaniel and Pearl. The mother and daughter were not injured. "Freedom will triumph over barbarism and terrorism".

Sadiq Khan said London stood with Barcelona "against the evil of terrorism" following recent attacks in Westminster, London Bridge and Finsbury Park.

"Our prayers are with Suria and all others affected by this tragedy", the spokesperson said.

Ireland's Department of Foreign Affairs is assisting the family.

At least three men have been arrested in connection with the attack including Driss Oukabir - a 28-year-old Moroccan who is believed to have rented the van.His brother Moussa Oukabir, 18, stole his ID.

The number of Spanish victims is still unknown. He was strolling down the boulevard with his partner and two sons when he was hit by the van, Italian reports said.

"He started to get some sort of news... they had found his wife in hospital at 8.30am this morning, but they don't know where Julian is... we still don't know", he said. The victim's name has not been released.

The British grandfather of a boy missing in the wake of the Barcelona terror attacks has issued a desperate appeal on Facebook.

"All of a sudden there was this tidal wave of people running from both Placa de Catalunya and Las Ramblas towards us screaming, crying and with absolute terror etched on their faces", she told the Nine Network. No further details were provided.

"Our thoughts are with the victims of these awful attacks and the people of Spain", a spokesperson said. He added, however: "we also can't rule that out".

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