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Harmony intact after Spain attack

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UNLIKE other European countries such as France and United Kingdom where deadly assaults on civilians claimed by Muslim extremists have triggered communal and racial tension, the Aug 17 Barcelona van attack appears to have brought different communities together in Spain.

Friday saw thousands of Muslims demonstrating against the attack and condemning terrorism not far from the site of the van attack. They were joined by many non-Muslim Spaniards and also elected officials such as the Catalan president and the deputy mayor of Barcelona.

The first such public demonstration was held in the small Pyrenees town of Ripoll north of the Catalan capital not far from the Andorra border. It was this picturesque yet sleepy town by the fast-flowing River Ter to which most of the Moroccan-origin attackers belonged.

The same dozen-man strong cell was blamed for the early evening attack in Barcelona’s iconic Las Ramblas in which at least 13 people were killed and dozens more were injured belonging to 34 different nationalities including Pakistani, and later in Cambrils, a seaside town south of Barcelona, where one woman was run over.

While it took the police a few days to track down the 21-year-old Younes Abouyaqoob, the Barcelona van attacker, the Cambrils five were killed by police just after they launched their past-midnight drive-through attack on pedestrians.

Police are certain that all the cell members were radicalised by an imam.

Just a day after the Cambrils attack, the........

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