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.
Xavier Martínez Mompart was barely three years old when he was killed in a terrorist attack. He was walking with his great-uncle Francisco López Rodríguez –also killed in the attack– his great-aunt, his mother and his sister along Las Ramblas when he was hit by the van. He fell out of his pushchair, hit his head and died.