On Thursday, a van crashed into crowds in the Las Ramblas area of Barcelona, killing at least 13 pedestrians and injuring over 100 more, including two victims from Taiwan and one from Hong Kong.
Taiwan’s Central News Agency has confirmed that a mother and daughter from Taiwan were slightly injured in the attack. Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen offered her condolences to all the victims on Friday, saying that “Taiwan stands with Spain.”
Meanwhile, China’s official Xinhua news agency has reported that one Hong Kong citizen was also slightly injured in the attack. At a press conference in Beijing on Friday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told reporters that:
China strongly condemns the terrorist attack in Barcelona, Spain. We send our condolences to the victims and their families, and express our sympathy to those who were injured.
I want to reiterate here, China is firmly against any forms of terrorism, and firmly offers its support for Spain’s efforts to combat terrorism and safeguard its national security. China will also strengthen cooperation with the international community, including Spain, in this regard
Police are still searching for the driver of the van. The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attack which Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Roy has called a “jihadist attack.” The Barcelona attack on Thursday was followed by another one in the coastal town of Cambrils in the early morning hours of Friday. Six bystanders and one police officer were injured while police shot dead the five suspects who were apparently wearing fake suicide vests.
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