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Death toll from Spain attacks rises to 16

28 August 2017, 01:17 | Colleen Roy

Catalan parliament set to approve independence referendum

Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy arrives to hold a news conference after cabinet meeting at Moncloa Palace in Madrid Spain

She was left in a critical condition when a militant drove the rented vehicle into crowds in Barcelona's famous Las Ramblas boulevard on August 17. Six of them remain in critical condition.

In this pyrenean city, Hafida Oubakir, sister of one jihadist of 17 years in Cambrils, read -between sobs - a speech calling to "reject the islamist message" and "ideology slut who has neither rhyme nor reason", broadcast by the Catalan television.

A woman places roses on the vehicle of Catalan regional policemen, known as Mossos d'Esquadra, in Barcelona on August 26, during a march against terrorism which slogan is #NoTincPor (I'm Not Afraid).

Half a million people took part in a colorful peace protest in Barcelona on Saturday after Spain's Catalonia region was hit with two deadly terror attacks.

The march was led by emergency workers, store keepers and residents of the city's Las Ramblas Boulevard.

On Friday evening, a man was shot dead in central Brussels after stabbing a soldier while shouting "Allahu akbar" (God is greatest) and shortly afterwards another man with a large knife attacked police in London as they tried to arrest him outside Buckingham Palace.

In a first for a Spanish monarch, King Felipe VI joined a public demonstration, along with Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and other Spanish and Catalan regional officials, Al Jazeera reported.

The Islamic State group has claimed the attacks, Spain's deadliest in more than one decade, which also left over 120 people wounded.

Some pro-independence marchers turned out bearing their flags and booed both the king and the prime minister. The men crashed the vehicle and attacked passers-by with knives and axes, police said.

Colau made no reference to the booing in her speech afterwards when she said: "Today more than ever we are proud to be the capital of Catalonia because people have come from all over the country". Eight are dead, while four appeared in court in Madrid last week.

People continued to light candles and lay flowers in Las Ramblas on Sunday in memory of the victims.

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