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.
Josefina Codina was walking along Las Ramblas with her daughter, who survived the attack. Despite long suffering problems with her leg, she loved going for walks. In an interview with El País, Enriqueta Ordeig, from the small town of Sant Hipòlit de Voltregà, near Vic, where Josefina lived, said; “She was very nice to everyone. She was a very good woman. People here were very fond of her”.