Published on Monday, August 21, 2017

Spain promises extra security in tourist areas

The Spanish Government has said it will increase security at tourist sites across the country following last week's terror attacks.

Interior minister Juan Ignacio Zoido said areas deemed to be potential terror targets would be given special protection.

"We are going to redirect our efforts and will adapt these to every place or area that needs special protection," he said.

There will also be increased security at the Spain/France border, while Italy is putting up barriers at popular landmarks.

The Times reports barriers appeared over the weekend in central Milan, they will also be erected in Palermo and Rome, while security has been tightened up in other areas, such as Bologna.

Italian interior minister Marco Minniti is reported to have said he is 'amazed a van could have driven undisturbed down La Ramblas'.

"It is strange there weren't extra security measures in a site so crowded with tourists and residents," the Times quotes him saying.

Authorities have widened the search for the man suspected of driving the van in Barcelona, in which at least 13 people died when it hit a crowd of people on Las Ramblas on Thursday afternoon.

Among the dead is seven-year-old dual-nationality British boy Julian Cadman.

In the second attack, six hours later in Cambrils, a woman was killed.

Police have named the suspect as 22-year-old Moroccan Younes Abouyaaqoub and say he may have crossed the border into France.

He is the only one of 12 suspects still at large.

Despite last week's attacks, Spain's terror threat level has not been increased and remains at four.

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  • How will increased border security help?

    I live close to the Franco-Spanish border at La Jonquera. Thousands of vehicles per hour use the motorway & main road border crossings there practically all the time. In the holiday season these roads are already a nightmare. To suggest that some significant security improvement could be achieved there is nothing more than 'security theatre', suggesting as it does that these threats are external. Maybe the authorities think that the rest of us didn't notice where the alleged perpetrators lived. As for the failure mentioned by J Steven, that would bring a chaarge of criminal manslaughter were this to happen in the UK.

    By Peter Lewis, Tuesday, August 22, 2017

  • Amazed

    Also amazed that no barrier prevention between road and pedestrian section of Las ramblas.

    By Steven J, Monday, August 21, 2017

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