While Americans have been debating the removal of statues and memorials honoring the losing side of our civil war, Europe is once again reeling from a spate of deadly terror attacks. In less than 24 hours, there have been multiple attacks and 16 terror victims have died. One of those is known to be an American, and there may be another.
The known casualty has been reported by the State Department. The unknown person was one of 14 killed in Barcelona when a van plowed through a pedestrian walking district.
Secretary of State Tillerson announced the news at a press briefing Friday, but has not revealed the name of the individual.
“I want to acknowledge that we have now received word and confirmed the death of one American citizen in the terrorist attacks in Spain,” Tillerson said.
“We are still confirming the injuries and deaths of others, but obviously we express out deepest sympathies to the loved ones of this individual and obviously to the others who have suffered loss of life.”
“We express our deepest sympathies to the loved ones of this individual and obviously the ones of others. We offer our thoughts and prayers as they’re going to be dealing with a tough few days ahead of them.”
The missing man is a San Francisco construction worker. He was in Barcelona on an anniversary trip with his wife. Jared Tucker, 43, was walking in the Las Ramblas area with his wife Heidi Nunez. When the van barreled through, Nunez was pushed into a kiosk. After the van had passed, she tried to find her husband. Before she could, she was ordered to evacuate the area.
Julian Cadman, a British-born Australian 7-year-old, is also missing. He was with his mother when the attack happened. She was injured, and he’s unaccounted for.
There were more than 100 injured. 14, not including the terror suspects, are dead.
As the Daily Mail reports, “Police believe the terror cell lived in the resort town of Alcanar, 120 miles south of Barcelona, where a house-cum-bomb factory packed with gas canisters was destroyed in an explosion on Wednesday. ISIS have claimed responsibility for the attacks, which are strikingly similar to attacks in London, Berlin, Stockholm and Nice.”
Moussa Oukabir, an 18-year-old Moroccan teenager is still on the run. He is believed to have been the driver of the van.