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.
María Correia and her grandmother María Lurdes Ribeiro were very close and her grandmother had invited her to come with her to Barcelona to celebrate her 74th birthday . “They arrived in the city, settled in, got in touch with the family and decided to go for a little walk,” explained Portuguese Secretary of State José Luís Carneiro. Both women were killed in the attack.