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.
Seven-year-old Julian Cadman was killed on Las Ramblas, where he was walking with his mother. He was missing for several days, before it was confirmed that he was amongst the fatal victims of the attack. His family sent out messages on social media asking for help in finding him and the Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, expressed his sympathy at the situation the family was going through. His mother was injured in the attack and remained in a serious but stable condition in a Barcelona hospital for several weeks.