CARICOM denounces terrorist attack in Spain


GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Aug 19 2017 – The 15-member Caribbean Community (CARICOM) grouping Friday denounced Thursday’s terrorist attacks in Spain that killed at least 13 people and left more than 100 injured.

CARICOM Chairman and Grenada Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell described the attack as “shocking and callous”.

Spanish police said they are working under the assumption that two other deadly events, a terrorist incident in the seaside city of Cambrils and a house explosion farther down the coast in Alcanar, were linked to the van attack in Barcelona that had the Islamic group, ISIS, taking credit.

The police are searching for the driver of the van used in the incident.

“In denouncing these orchestrated attacks perpetrated by terrorists against innocent civilians, I align CARICOM’s voice to that of the international community in condemning terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. Such heartless and vicious acts as this incident underscore the need to deepen global cooperation in order to reduce the instances of such heinous acts of terror,” Mitchell said in his letter to the Prime Minister of Spain, Mariano Rajoy Brey.

“I extend heartfelt sympathies to the Government and people of Spain and the other countries whose citizens were killed or injured in this attack.  My condolences are offered particularly to the bereaved families of those killed and wish a full and speedy recovery to the injured. The Community stands in solidarity with Spain at this most trying time,” Mitchell added.

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