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Spanish royals to attend Mass for attack victims

Spanish royals to attend Mass for attack victims”

King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia, along with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, Catalan regional President Carles Puigdemont and other officials, are expected for the Mass celebrated Sunday by the Archbishop of Barcelona, Cardinal Joan Josep Omella.

A total of 14 fatalities occurred in two terrorist attacks in the Spanish cities of Barcelona and Cambrils that also hurt about 126 people of 34 different nationalities.

He said the presence of so many people was a "beautiful mosaic" of unity to work for a common objective of "peace, respect, fraternal coexistence and love".

He read aloud a telegram of condolences sent by Pope Francis, who called the attacks a "cruel terrorist act" and a "grave offense to God".

Police are still hunting the driver of a van that killed 13 people on Thursday evening in Barcelona's Las Ramblas boulevard.

A manhunt is on for the Moroccan-born Younes Abouyaaqoub, 22, believed to be the van driver who escaped after the Barcelona attack, the BBC reported.

"We don't have any specific information on this but it can not be ruled out", Trapero told a news conference in Barcelona.

President of the Generalitat of Catalonia Carles Puigdemont and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy also attended the service

On early Friday morning, the fourteenth victim, a woman, was stabbed when five people jumped out of a auto and began attacking people at random on the seaside promenade in Cambrils, a town south of Barcelona. Five cell members were killed in a shootout with police Thursday night in Cambrils.

The plans of the terror cell were apparently derailed after the explosion Wednesday of the safe house in Alcanar an hour south of Barcelona, where the terrorists were apparently building the vehicle bombs and where they had stored the gas canisters and the explosive TATP.

Yesterday, police raided the apartment of an imam, Abdelbaki Es Satty, according to his flatmate who gave his name only as Nourddem.

Spanish interior minister Juan Ignacio Zoido said five members of the cell were shot dead, four were in custody and as many as two were killed in an explosion.

Fears were continuing to grow over the fate of seven-year-old Julian Cadman, understood to be a dual British-Australian national, who became separated from his mother during the Barcelona attack.

Spanish authorities on Sunday confirmed that a missing 7-year-old boy was among the dead from the Barcelona attack.

Zinedine Zidane, a French football star and now coach of Real Madrid Football Club, said Saturday at a press conference that "We did a minute of silence and our heart is with of all the people who suffered the attacks".



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