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.
Elke Vanbockrijck was planning to spend a week in Barcelona with her husband and two children. Their son was a Barcelona fan and had always dreamed of visiting the Camp Nou stadium. The boy, who was called Vic, was also thrilled to discover that there was a town of the same name in Catalonia. The couple had been married for three years and friends of Elke described her in El País as “a charming woman, always ready to take her children to play football, which was their great love”.