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.
Carmen Lopardo was one of the people killed in the attack. She had travelled to Europe on a package holiday to escape the winter months in Argentina. Carmen had been born in a small town in the south of Italy, Sasso di Castalda, in the province of Potenza, which now has a population of 800. On 5 April 1950, at the age of just fifteen, she departed for Buenos Aires, like so many other Italians fleeing post-war poverty and destitution. Although she never renounced her Italian citizenship, she considered herself to be above all Argentinian and lived there for the rest of her life. In the summer of 2017, she decided to go on a package tour; one of the destinations was Barcelona.