B.C. family OK after terror attack in Barcelona

‘That could have been us 24 hours earlier’

A North Delta family walked through a popular tourist district of Barcelona one day before Thursday’s apparent terrorist attack.

News reports say at least 13 people were killed and more than 100 injured after a van rammed through crowds on Las Ramblas street, located in the heart of the Spanish city.

Authorities there are calling it a barbaric act of terror.

READ MORE: ISIS takes responsibility for Barcelona terror attack.

In a Facebook post this afternoon, Cristina Graffi-Ahonen told friends that she and her family – husband Bill and two kids – are OK.

“We are fine but truly saddened by what has happened in Barcelona,” she posted. “The terrorist attack took place on a popular strip that we were on just yesterday. We are grateful to be back in Canada, however our hearts are aching for all the innocent victims. Peace and love to all of you.”

The family flew out of Barcelona on Thursday, hours before the attack.

They are currently in Montreal waiting for a connection flight home, Graffi-Ahonen told the Now-Leader.

Via Facebook Messenger, she sent a photo taken on Las Ramblas street on Tuesday afternoon.

“You can see the sea of people along this very popular tourist walkway,” she wrote. “It’s full of vendors as well…. I’m sure some of them are among the victims. Very sickening and disturbing. This very well could have been us 24 hours earlier. Happy to be back in Canada.”

Two suspects were arrested. Police later said the driver was still on the run, according to the Telegraph in Britain.

tom.zillich@surreynowleader.com

Just Posted

Donation bin break-in ends in arrests

Police Briefs | Sept. 24

Vopak expects 240 liquid gas-by-rail cars per day

North Coast residents can learn more about the Ridley Island-based project at the open houses

Bantam Kermodes defeat Seawolves in pre-season action

The Terrace bantam rep Kermodes won an exhibition game against Prince Rupert… Continue reading

More than 35 B.C. mayors elected without contest

No other candidates for mayor in the upcoming local election in Prince Prince, Terrace, etc.

Mobile complaint team coming to B.C.’s northwest

Ombudsperson’s office wants to hear from wronged residents

Video: Flyers new mascot ‘Gritty’ a bearded, googly-eyed terror

The Philadelphia Flyers unveiled their new mascot Monday, and as one would expect of the team that gave us the “Broad Street Bullies,” he’s far from cuddly.

Canada aiming for the moon, and beyond, with new space technology efforts

With an eye on future lunar exploration, Canada’s space agency is calling on companies to present their ideas for everything from moon-rover power systems to innovative mineral prospecting techniques.

New Brunswick Premier meets with lieutenant-governor as Tories, Liberals vie for power

New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant said the only other leader he had spoken with since results came in was Green Leader David Coon.

Trudeau looks to restart Canada’s UN charm offensive in New York City

Freeland says the question of job retraining in the 21st century — and the uncertainty that surrounds it — is the federal government’s central preoccupation.

Calgary mayor seeks person who leaked details of closed-door Olympic meeting

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi says he will ask the city’s integrity commissioner to investigate a leak of details from an in-camera council meeting.

B.C. MP Cannings spared brunt of Ottawa tornadoes

MP Richard Cannings was spared the impact of the tornadoes that hit the Ottawa region

Edmonton cannabis company revenues more than triples to $19.1 million

Aurora Cannabis revenues more than triple in fourth quarter

B.C. pharmacist suspended for giving drugs with human placenta

RCMP had samples of the seized substances tested by Health Canada

Seattle one step closer to NHL after arena plan approved

Seattle City Council unanimously approved plans for a privately funded $700 million renovation of KeyArena

Most Read