Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Friday commented on the terrorist attacks in Catalonia, stating that the actions of international terrorists can not be justified and that the perpetrators must be severely punished.
MOSCOW — Medvedev expressed his condolences to Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy Brey in connection with the deadly terrorist act in downtown Barcelona, the Russian government's press service said in a statement Friday.
"On behalf of the government of the Russian Federation and on my own behalf, I express deep condolences in connection with the numerous death toll as a result of the terrorist act in the center of Barcelona. That criminal action of international terrorists can not be justified. All those responsible for its preparation and holding must bear severe responsibility," Medvedev said.A van crashed into a crowd of pedestrians in the center of Barcelona on Thursday, leaving at least 13 people dead and over 100 injured, in what police said was an act of terrorism. The Daesh terror group (outlawed in Russia) claimed responsibility for the attack.
Hours after the tragedy in Las Ramblas avenue another vehicle attack took place in the coastal town of Cambrils, south of Barcelona. Six civilians and a police officer were injured, with some of them remaining in critical condition.
As of now a total of three suspects have been detained. Authorities estimate that up to eight people may have been involved in the Barcelona and Cambrils rampages, as well as a house explosion in the coastal town of Alcanar late Wednesday.