How the world reacted to the Barcelona terror attack

How the world reacted to the Barcelona terror attackWorld leaders united in their condemnation of the Las Ramblas terror attack on Thursday. A van driver ploughed into crowds of pedestrians on Barcelona's most popular street in broad daylight, killing 13 people in an attack claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group. Witnesses told of scenes of chaos and horror, with bodies strewn along the famous boulevard as other people fled for their lives, screaming in panic. Here's how the world reacted to the latest atrocity. Spain The Spanish royal family issued an unusually strongly-worded statement: They are assassins, criminals who won't terrorise us. All of Spain is Barcelona." Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said the van attack was "jihadist terrorism" which required a global response. "Today the fight against terrorism is the principal priority for free and open societies like ours. It is a global threat and the response has to be global," Rajoy told a news conference in Barcelona. He said Spaniards "are not just united in mourning, but especially in the firm determination to beat those who want to rob us of our values and our way of life." Deeply saddened by the attack on our city. All our thoughts are with the victims, their families and with the people of Barcelona.— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) August 17, 2017 FC Barcelona said it was "deeply saddened" by the tragedy and the team's talismanic striker Lionel Messi said separately that people must reject "any act of violence". "There are many more of us who want to live in a world in peace, without hate and where respect and tolerance are the basis of coexistence," he added. Barcelona terror attack, in pictures Britain Prime Minister Theresa May said she was "sickened by the senseless loss of life in Barcelona" following Thursday's deadly attack. Mrs May condemned the "terrible" assault in the Spanish city which saw a van plough into pedestrians and follows similar attacks in London in recent months. She said: "My thoughts are with the victims of today's terrible attack in Barcelona and the emergency services responding to this ongoing incident. "The UK stands with Spain against terror." British dual national child missing after Spain terror attacks, says May 01:46 In a written statement, Mrs May added: "I am sickened by the senseless loss of life in Barcelona today. "The Foreign Office is working to establish if any British nationals were involved in this appalling incident and we are in close contact with the authorities in Spain, who have our full support. "Following the attacks in Manchester and London, Spain stood alongside the British people. Tonight, Britain stands with Spain against the evil of terrorism." London Mayor Sadiq Khan called the attack "barbaric", adding: "London stands with Barcelona against the evil of terrorism." PM: My thoughts are with the victims of today’s terrible attack in Barcelona…(1/2)— UK Prime Minister (@Number10gov) August 17, 2017 United States President Donald Trump tweeted: "The United States condemns the terror attack in Barcelona, Spain, and will do whatever is necessary to help. Be tough & strong, we love you!" The United States condemns the terror attack in Barcelona, Spain, and will do whatever is necessary to help. Be tough & strong, we love you!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 17, 2017 He later added: "Study what General Pershing of the United States did to terrorists when caught. There was no more Radical Islamic Terror for 35 years!" US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson added: "Terrorists around the world should know – the United States and our allies are resolved to find you and bring you to justice." Germany In a statement, the office of German Chancellor Angela Merkel said they were thinking of the victims of the "revolting attack" with "profound sadness". Russia President Vladimir Putin called for the world to unite in an "uncompromising battle against the forces of terror". "We decisively condemn this cruel and cynical crime against civilians," Putin wrote in a telegram of condolences to Spanish King Felipe VI. Injured people react after a van crashed into pedestrians in Las Ramblas, downtown Barcelona, Spain, 17 August 2017  Credit: David Armengou European Union European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said: "I send my deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims, as well as to Prime Minister Rajoy and the people of Spain. My thoughts are with the people of Barcelona." France President Emmanuel Macron voiced "France's solidarity" with Spanish citizens following what he called "a tragic attack". Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said: "Parisians are at your side. Barcelona and Paris are cities that share love and tolerance. Our values are much stronger than this heinous and cowardly act of terrorism". Toutes mes pensées et la solidarité de la France pour les victimes de la tragique attaque à #Barcelone. Nous restons unis et déterminés.— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) August 17, 2017 The Netherlands It was a "cowardly attack against innocent people," Prime Minister Mark Rutte said in a statement on his Facebook page, calling it a "black day at a place where many people around the world gathered." Turkey Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Turkey strongly condemned the "henious terrorist attack". The Vatican Pope Francis's spokesman said in a statement: "The Pope prays for the victims of this attack and wishes to express his closeness to all the Spanish people, especially the wounded and families of the victims." Portugal Footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, a star with Spanish premier club Real Madrid, said he was "dismayed" by the attack and voiced "support and solidarity with the families and friends of the victims". Barcelona attack key articles  



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