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Spanish Embassy to open condolence book for terror victims

Published:Saturday | August 19, 2017 | 12:00 AMPaul Clarke
A counter protester and a far-right protester argue during a gathering after a van attack in Barcelona, Spain, yesterday. Police, on Friday, shot and killed five persons carrying bomb belts who were connected to the Barcelona van attack, as the manhunt intensified for the perpetrators of Europe’s latest rampage claimed by the Islamic State group.

The Embassy of Spain in Kingston will open a condolence book in observance of three days of mourning following the tragic terrorist events that left 13 people dead and hundreds injured on Thursday in Las Ramblas, Barcelona.

"In the aftermath of the deadly attack, the government of Spain has declared three days of mourning, from Friday August 18 to midnight Sunday August 20," stated a release from the embassy.

"Additionally, a minute of silence will be observed at noon on Friday August 18 as the nation stands in solidarity with the victims and their families in remembrance of those whose lives have been lost," it said.

The condolence book is to be opened on Monday, August 21 and will remain open through to Tuesday, August 22, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Thirteen people were killed and scores injured when a van rammed into a crowd of people in what Spanish police deemed a terrorist attack.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness and the Opposition Leader Dr Peter Phillips were among the first to send messages of condolence to the families and people of Spain after the attack.

"The Embassy of Spain expresses, on behalf of the Government and people of Spain, heartfelt gratitude for the numerous messages of support it has received during this difficult period," the release read.