Incident Summary:

08/17/2017: An assailant rammed a van into a crowd of pedestrians along Las Ramblas in Barcelona, Spain. Fourteen civilians, including United States citizen Jared Tucker, were killed and more than 100 civilians were injured in the attack. This was one of three coordinated attacks in Catalonia within 24 hours. Authorities identified the assailant, Younes Abouyaaqoub, as a Muslim extremist. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claimed that the attack was carried out in an effort to target countries participating in the United States-led coalition against the group; however, the veracity of this claim could not be verified.




Western Europe

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred in Las Ramblas neighborhood.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Unarmed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilians
Nationality of Target Multinational
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Vehicle (not to include vehicle-borne explosives, i.e., car or truck bombs)
Weapon Details
A Fiat Talento van was used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information The victims included Spanish, French, German, Dutch, Argentine, Venezuelan, Belgian, Peruvian, Romanian, Irish, Cuban, Greek, Macedonian, British, Austrian, Pakistani, Taiwanese, Canadian, Ecuadorian, American, Filipino, Kuwaiti, Turkish, and Chinese civilians.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Muslim extremists No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 1
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 14 Fatalities / 101 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 14
Number of U.S. Fatalities 1
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 101
Number of U.S. Injured 1
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Barcelona attacks: What we know so far," BBC, August 21, 2017.
"Police See Wider Plot in Spain and Say Carnage Could Have Been Worse," The New York Times, August 18, 2017.
"Spain terror attacks death toll rises to 16 as German woman dies in hospital," The Herald (Glasgow), August 28, 2017.