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PostAttack on Las Ramblas, Barcelona (Enrique Torner, USA, 08/18/17 4:33 am)
Yesterday was a very emotional day for me, with the three terrorist attacks in Barcelona, the main one on Las Ramblas, right where I walked when I lived in Barcelona. It's been surreal to be able to follow all the events, hour by hour, right on my phone, while I was out of town! The miracles of social media!
My family is OK, because, as most middle- and upper-class people from Barcelona, they were vacationing on the coast, 25 miles north of the city. Because of this fact, I can predict that many victims will be foreigners, especially Americans, British, people from the northern part of Europe, and maybe Japanese, who love Gaudi!
It didn't shock me to observe two pieces of news that were later refuted as false: terrorists holed up in a bar at Las Ramblas, and the gas explosion south of town not being connected to terrorism. I initially believed the first (wrong!), but I didn't the second (right this time!).
It's hard to believe there were 3 terror attacks in and around Barcelona in less than one day, with over 13 people dead, more than 100 injured, and at least 5 terrorists killed. Unfortunately, the van driver is still at large. I would really like to hear a report from Jordi Molins. I hope you and your family are OK, Jordi!
JE comments: Check in with us, Jordi, si us plau! WAISer Henry Levin is also just outside the city at his summer home. Hank: please let us know you and Pilar are safe.