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.
Silvina Alejandra Pereyra Cabrera, an Argentinean of Bolivian descent, had been living in Barcelona for more than ten years. She had been working as a shop assistant in the Vidal Pons 1897 grocery for five years. “She was a wonderful, cheerful person and a hard worker. What can I say about her? Yesterday we thought she had gone missing and today we know she is no longer with us. Her closest colleagues are devastated,” a fellow worker told El País newspaper on the day after the attack.