The death toll in the two terror attacks in Spain Thursday night rose to 14 Friday afternoon, less than a day after an Islamic terrorist ran down roughly 100 pedestrians outside a popular shopping center in Barcelona, and a second vehicle hit seven in the town of Cambrils.
A total of 13 people were killed in Barcelona, while 1 of the 7 injured in Cambrils succumbed to her injuries Friday.
Authorities also released the identities of two of the dead on Friday. One, a tourist from Italy, was killed while walking down the street with his wife and five-year-old son and seven-month-old daughter.
Bruno Gulotta, a 35-year-old father of two, was crushed by the terrorist’s Fiat van and killed instantly, The Telegraph reported.
Gulotta’s wife, Martina, managed to pull the couple’s five-year-old son out of harm’s way moments before the vehicle ran down her husband. Both of the couple’s children escaped injury.
Luca Russo, a second Italian citizen, was also listed among the dead.
The 25-year-old engineering graduate was on vacation with his fiancée when he was killed.
A Belgian woman and three German citizens were also listed among the dead, though no personal details have yet been released.
At least one child, a three-year-old, was among those killed in the attack.
In addition, several people have been reported missing following the attack, including a seven-year-old Australian boy.
Tony Cadman, of Sydney, reached out to media outlets Thursday night, begging for help to locate his lost grandson, Julian Cadman, who was at the scene of the attack with his mother.
The boy’s mother, Jom, was injured in the attack and has been hospitalized in serious but stable condition.
Go back in time 13 years. March 11th, 2004 at about 8:00 a.m. in Madrid, Spain. Ten bombs go off almost at simultaneously on four different passenger trains across the city.
The results were horrifying: 191 people killed, more than 2,000 injured. The Spanish capital was filled with blood, fire, and smoke.
The massacre on Thursday in Barcelona, Spain’s most popular tourist hotspot, sent shockwaves around the world.
‘Jihad returns’, newspapers across Europe declared after a terrorist ran down almost 100 pedestrians outside of a shopping center in Barcelona, killing 13 and injuring more than 80.
Spain is bleeding again. Once again, the world is feeling the pain, and crying out.
And not for nothing.
Barcelona isn’t just another European city or another tourist attraction. Israelis think of Barcelona as the quiet, pastoral sanctuary of calm from the unending pressures of life here in Israel.
The La Rambla pedestrian mall isn’t just another street in Europe. It brings together dozens of cafes, a huge fruit market, clothing stores without end, and even has kosher restaurants – something that is never easy to find in Barcelona.
So many Israeli visitors to Barcelona head to La Rambla to visit the two kosher restaurants in the area; to get some chicken at Maccabi or stop off at Maoz Falafel for a bite to eat.
But yesterday Barcelona changed. It’s not the same city anymore.
I’m not at all surprised by the fact that local security forces had difficulty getting a hold on the situation in the first few moments after the attack began. They’re not used to these kinds of murderous terror attacks.
More than a few times in the past I found myself tensing up in Barcelona at the sound of police sirens and passing security vehicles, which reminded me of the painful moments after every terror attack in Israel.
Usually, the police cars raced to the scene of a traffic accident involving a scooter, or a scuffle, or to chase down a thief picking tourists’ pockets.
Here in Barcelona, there was hope that the sting of Muslim terror would leave out of this deadly game.
I will admit that with the rise in Islamic terror across Europe, I started to question my own hopes for this oasis of quiet. The thousands of tourists enjoying themselves in La Rambla drew out the Muslim extremists.
The world is now mourning the murder of innocents, but it’s really time for the West to wake up.
Just like in Israel, it is difficult to stop this kind of terrorism. Rhetoric won’t stop the bloodthirsty terrorists from striking in Germany, the UK, Spain, or Israel.
It’s time for Europe’s leaders to stop babbling and to come together and make a united effort against those who want to violently impose Islam on the world.
Weakness and rhetoric, the kind we still see emanating from European capitals, will only bring the free world to catastrophe.
To win this war, security forces must ignore the background noise, ignore the bleeding hearts, and to stop citing ‘violations of personal rights’ when the safety of innocent people is at stake, and to ignore those who scream bloody murder every time a Muslim is given a security check at an airport.
Time to let the security establishment secure us.
On Thursday, an indictment will be filed against an Israeli-Arab terrorist who carried out a terror attack two weeks ago.
The Arab suspect, together with two other suspects, was arrested in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan on Sunday night after attacking a private security vehicle with a petrol bomb two weeks ago.
Investigations show the suspect in fact carried out the acts he was suspected of, and planned them ahead of time. The terrorist and his partners noticed a security vehicle driving near a central traffic circle, and slowed down. At that point, one of the terrorists poured flammable material on the vehicle's hood and windshield, and then threw a firebomb at it.
The firebomb hit the vehicle, which burst into flames a few seconds later, forcing the security guards to exit the vehicle.
No injuries were reported in the attack, but the vehicle was completely destroyed.
All three of the suspects have been placed under arrest without bail until the proceedings against them are completed. Two of the suspects are brothers.
On Wednesday night, three additional Arab suspects were arrested in Silwan for involvement in violence, rioting, and disruption of order. The new suspects were brought for interrogation and their arrest is expected to be extended.
Watch the Hebrew video of the arrest:
Two Israeli citizens have not yet contacted the the Israeli Embassy in Madrid following the terror attack on Thursday night in Barcelona.
Foureen people were killed and over 100 were injured when a terrorist rammed into crowds on Barcelona's Las Ramblas and in the attempted terror attack in Cambris. Barcelona police arrested two suspects involved in the first attack and killed five more during the second.
Israel's Foreign Ministry has been working to establish contact with all Israelis visiting the Barcelona area. So far, no one has been reported injured or killed.
Israeli Consul in Madrid Itzik Arzuan traveled with two staff members to Barcelona in order to provide aid to Israeli citizens if a need arose.
According to Spain's police, no Israelis have been killed. However, three of the dead are foreigners, including a Belgian citizen and an Italian citizen. Among the wounded are a French citizen, a Dutch citizen, an Australian, and a Venezuelan.
On Thursday, Israeli Ambassador to Spain Daniel Kutner told Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu that "until now, from all the reports we have received, no Israelis have been wounded. We have received information from the Catalonia police and some of the larger hospitals to which victims were transferred."
"We have not yet succeeded in contacting some Israelis, and we hope they will not be among the casualties, but it is too early to say anything for certain... Every year, between 300,000 and 350,000 Israelis visit Spain, most of them arriving via Barcelona. The scene of the terror attack is one of the city's busiest and most popular tourist spots, so it's not unusual that we have so many people who have not yet contacted us. We hope we will find them.
"Spain has been dealing with severe jihadist terror for a while... Every week, suspected terrorists are arrested. I think we can say that Spain has internalized how serious the threat of terror is, and has worked determinedly to fight terror for quite some time."
Police arrested an additional suspect wanted in connection with Thursday’s deadly terror attack in Barcelona.
Investigators now say they believe they have the driver of the white Fiat van which mowed down pedestrians, in custody.
Authorities captured 18-year-old Moroccan-born Moussa Oukabir, the younger brother of Driss Oukabir, in connection with the ramming attack. According to a report by The Guardian, local police believe Moussa Oukabir was likely the driver of the van which rammed through a crowd of pedestrians near the La Rambla shopping area in Barcelona.
Driss Oukabir, 28, is suspected of having rented the Fiat van used in the Barcelona attack which left 13 dead and 80 injured. Driss has claimed that his younger brother stole his identity to rent the vehicle, though police are currently investigating the veracity of his story.
“The priority right now is work out the identity of these people, to prove and show the relationship between the different people involved, those that took the van and those that have been able to escape,” Catalan local government official Joaquim Forn said, the Mirror reported.
Forn added that one of the two suspects arrested on Thursday may have been responsible for a gas explosion in Alcanar, saying the gas canisters involved in the explosion may have been meant for use in a bombing attack.
One of the key suspects tied to Thursday’s deadly terror rampage in the streets of Barcelona launched a series of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic tirades on social media just days before the murderous attack.
Driss Oukabir who rented the white Fiat van used to run down hapless pedestrians outside of a popular tourist hotspot in Barcelona, Spain was arrested near the scene of the attack and is considered a prime suspect in the terror plot.
At least 13 people were killed during the attack, and another 80 injured.
The attack occurred near two kosher restaurants in the La Rambla outdoor mall in Barcelona: the Maccabi Restaurant, and Maoz Falafel.
While European Jewish leaders say the attack likely did not target the Jewish institutions, Oukabir did express anti-Israel and anti-Semitic views in the days leading up to Thursday’s attack, accusing Jews of murdering Arab children and engaging in a global conspiracy “to take over the world”.
A 28-year-old Moroccan-born legal resident of the European Union, Oukabir’s social media accounts were littered with anti-Israel and anti-Semitic material prior to the shutting down of his accounts after the attack.
On his Facebook page, Oukabir posted an image of a masked gunman clutching a screaming child.
Underneath the picture Oukabir wrote: “Alas! What has happened to our Arabism. Even the children haven't been rescued from the Israeli occupation. Post this video to be watched by the whole people in the world."
The post was made just hours after an Arab terrorist broke into the Salomon family home in Halamish (Neve Tzuf) on July 21st and murdered Yosef Salomon, 70, his daughter Chaya, 46, and son Elad, 35.
Oukabir also shared a Spanish video on Facebook entitled “What is Zionism? A Brief Introduction”, Jewish Agency spokesman Avi Mayer reported.
The video includes classic anti-Semitic canards and accuses world Jewry of plotting to enslave all non-Jews.
“The non-Jews only serve to be slaves of the Jews, to kill a non-Jew is not a sin, it is like killing a dog,” the video claims leaders of the "international Jewish conspiracy" believe.