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Georgia condemns terror attacks in Spain

By Gvantsa Gabekhadze
Monday, August 21
Georgian officials have strongly condemnded terror attacks in Barcelona and Cambris last week, which claimed 14 lives and left many others injured.

“We are deeply outraged over the deadly terrorist attack in Barcelona. Georgia stands with the Spanish people and its government in solidarity,” Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili stated.

“Horrified by senseless terrorist attack in Barcelona. My thoughts are with the victims, their families and loved ones ,” President Giorgi Margvelashvili tweeted.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia also expressed its deep concern over the incidents.

“We are shocked by this tragedy and in these trying times express our support and solidarity with the Spanish people and the Government.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia strongly condemns terrorism and violence in all their forms as a crime against humanity which is targeted against peace and stability.

“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia conveys its condolences to the families of terror victims and wishing speedy recovery to those who have been injured in the attack.”

King Felipe and Queen Letizia attended Barcelona's famous Sagrada Familia church to mourn the 14 people killed in vehicle attacks in Catalonia on August 20.

Police are still hunting the driver of a van that killed 13 at Barcelona's Las Ramblas. A 14th victim died in a second attack at Cambrils.

Ministers say the jihadist cell behind the attacks has been dismantled, the BBC reported.

Moroccan-born Younes Abouyaaqoub, 22, believed to be the van driver who escaped after the Barcelona attack, remains the focus of the manhunt.

The Islamic State (IS) said it had carried out the Las Ramblas attack, though it is not clear whether any of the attackers were directly connected to the group or simply inspired by it.

Five suspected jihadists were shot dead by police in Cambrils, namely Moussa Oukabir, 17; Said Aallaa, 18; Mohamed Hychami, 24; Omar Hychami; and Houssaine Abouyaaqoub.