"We convey the words of sympathy to the people of Spain," the ministry said via Twitter, adding, "we mourn together with you."
On Thursday, a van was driven into pedestrians in the Ramlas area of Barcelona, Spain in a deliberate attack that killed 13 people while injuring 100.
— Julie Lenarz (@MsJulieLenarz) August 17, 2017
The Barcelona terrorist attack is the third such automobile attack on civilians to occur in Europe over the past 13 months. In July 14, 2016 terrorists killed 87 people, including the perpetrator, after a the assailant drove a 19-ton cargo truck into crowds watching Bastille Day fireworks. In December of last year, another terrorist struck civilians at a Christmas market in Berlin, slaying 12 people. The three attacks combined, which all shared a common method, have resulted in the deaths of 111 people, with many more sustaining injuries.
"Vehicles are a terrific way to sow terror around the world," Council on Foreign Relations terrorism expert Max Abrahms told Sputnik International. Automobiles are "highly lethal and accessible," making "this type of violence is ideal for most terrorists today because they don't seem particularly fussy about whom they mow down."