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.
Francisco López Rodríguez was the first person to be identified following the jihadist attack on 17 August, 2017 in Barcelona, which killed fifteen people. He had been out walking with his wife, his wife’s niece and her two children, when the massacre took place. Francisco’s three-year-old great-nephew, Xavier Martínez Mompart, also died in the attack. He was knocked out of his pram and suffered a blow to the head.