DFA: 4 Irish citizens of Filipino descent injured in Barcelona terror attack

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 18) — The Foreign Affairs Department condemned the terror attack in Barcelona that injured four Irish citizens of Filipino descent.

"The Philippines condemns in the strongest terms this disturbing act of terror perpetrated by extremists against innocent men, women, and children in Barcelona," Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said in a statement on Friday.

At least 13 people were killed and more than 100 injured after a van rammed through crowds in the heart of Barcelona on Thursday.

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Authorities said 15 of the injured were in serious condition. Eyewitnesses reported scenes of panic and chaos as the van plowed down the renowned Las Ramblas avenue — an area popular with tourists.

ISIS' media wing, Amaq, said the perpetrators of the Barcelona attack were "soldiers of the Islamic State." However, ISIS has not explicitly claimed responsibility.

DFA said the Philippine Honorary Consulate went to the hospital to check on the injured Irish citizens of Filipino descent, but their names were withheld.

DFA said Honorary Consul Jordi Puig Roches reported that the mother and her daughter have been released from the hospital, but that the father and his son are still under observation and are being assisted by the Irish Honorary Consul.

Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Rob Bolivar told CNN Philippines the two victims are still confined in the hospital and are being monitored, but their injuries are not life-threatening.

 

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They added the Philippine Embassy in Madrid and the Honorary Consulate in Barcelona have been in touch with authorities and leaders of the Filipino community to make sure that the 20,000 other Filipino residents in the area remain safe.

The Barcelona van attack was the latest in a series of attacks in Europe in which vehicles have been used to mow down pedestrians in public spaces. More than 100 people have died in similar attacks in Berlin, London, and Nice.