Royals join mourners at Barcelona Mass


Tourists have joined Spanish royalty and the nation’s prime minister in mourning victims of two deadly vehicle attacks at memorial at Barcelona’s famous Sagrada Familia Basilica.
Underneath the soaring arches mourners gathered for Mass and to remember the victims of two terror attacks that killed 14 people.
The terrorist cell was reportedly planning a larger assault on the landmark building where mourners were gathered, but an accidental explosion, likely from a botched homemade bomb, forced them into a more hurried attack.
Spain’s King Felipe, Queen Letizia and Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy stood close to the altar, while mourners and tourists watched on, some raising their phones to film the Mass.
From above, in the Basilica’s upper floors, media filmed, while outside more media waited with a heavy police presence.
Roads have been blocked off around the unfinished Gaudi-designed Catholic church, which is already fortified with barriers around its outside.
On Thursday (Friday NZT) a van ploughed through crowds on the city’s popular Las Ramblas boulevard, killing 13.
An attack at a nearby resort on Saturday morning killed a woman while five attackers were fatally shot by police.
Spanish Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido said the terror cell behind the attacks had been “broken”. AAP

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