Incident Summary:

08/17/2017: An assailant hijacked a vehicle and killed its driver, identified as Pau Perez, in University district, Barcelona, Spain. Three police officers were also injured when the assailant drove through a roadblock before abandoning the vehicle. 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 the University district of the city.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hijacking
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity National Police Force (CNP)
Specific Description Roadblock
Nationality of Target Spain
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Civilian: Pau Perez
Nationality of Target Spain
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Outcome Hostage(s) killed (not during rescue attempt)
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Vehicle (not to include vehicle-borne explosives, i.e., car or truck bombs)
Weapon Details
A knife and a white Ford Focus were 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
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 1 Fatalities / 3 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 3
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Madrid - Following the last moves of the Barcelona terror cell," AFP (North European Service), August 23, 2017.
"Barcelona attacks: Key suspect hunt widened across Europe," BBC, August 21, 2017.
"Barcelona attacks: What we know so far," BBC, August 21, 2017.