Thirteen years after the 2004 Madrid bomb attacks, Spain was again targeted by jihadist terrorists. At around 5 pm on 17 August 2017, Younes Abouyaaqoub drove a van down the Paseo de las Ramblas in Barcelona, hitting large numbers of people in the central pedestrian area of the street, from the Plaza de Cataluña to the “Pavimento Miró”. Fifteen people were killed in the attack —including two children aged 3 and 7— and another 131 were injured. The Jihadist terrorist group Islamic State (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the attack through its news agency, Amaq.
At the time of the attack, Bruno Gulotta was walking along Las Ramblas with his wife and two sons, one aged six and the other seven months. Their walk came to a tragic end when a truck drove along the pedestrian area, attempting to ram everyone in its path. In an act of heroism, Bruno pushed his son behind him, out of the path of the truck in order to save the child’s life. He succeeded, but he himself was killed.