Vendors were beginning to set up shop in the tourist hotspot known for its bustling market, just as they do every morning, laying out glossy fashion magazines, organizing souvenir Sagrada Familia key rings, and folding red and blue Barcelona football club jerseys.
The blast occurred at around 11.15pm on Wednesday night in a housing estate called Montecarlo de Alcanar Platja, in Alcanar, in the province of Tarragona, south of Barcelona.
Thursday, a van came barreling through the street, killing at least 13 people, injuring about 80 others.
Elke Vanbockrijck, 44 and a mother of two from the Belgian town of Tongeren has also been named as one of the victims.
The deadly attack, the worst since the 2004 train bombing in Madrid, was one of several apparently interconnected attacks to hit the country.
CTV News spoke to three Canadians who witnessed the violence that has so far claimed the lives of 13 people and injured approximately 120 more. As a result, the number of social media channels used by the militants has plummeted in the past two years, from 40 active sites in 2015 to just 19 by this past spring.
"She was always positive", he said in a phone interview. "India remains fully committed to work with Spain in defeating these evil forces", he said. "We have a great diversity gap in the State Department". The elder Tucker tells the newspaper that "everybody loved him". The crumbling of the group's physical strongholds means that the propaganda campaign is becoming more important as a way to perpetuate the caliphate as an eternal ideal, and to thus "keep the drumbeat going", Clarke said in an interview.
"On behalf of the members of the Security Council, I should like to condemn in the strongest terms the unconscionable terrorist attack in Barcelona, Spain, which targeted innocent civilians", Egypt's UN ambassador Amr Abdellatif Aboulatta, the council president, said on Friday.
Partoens said the family was on vacation in Barcelona.
Mr Coveney said he was appalled by the attacks. They were aged between 21 and 34, and none had a history of terrorism-related activities.
"We saw everything. People started screaming and running into the office". The red-and-yellow flag with the blue star symbolizes its long-desired independence from Spain.
"I am not afraid!"
A father from Legnano in northern Italy is being praised as a hero who protected his children during an attack in Barcelona. His brother Driss Oukabir went to police in Ripoll to report that his documents were stolen.
The Cambrils suspects had an axe and knives in the car as well as fake explosive belts stuck to their bodies, said police.
"We have already identified 5 people shot down in Cambrils".
Suspected Islamic militants have been behind the previous attacks.
"We were on a terrace", said bystander Jose Antonio Saez.
But the atmosphere was otherwise calm and unusually quiet as residents and tourists took stock of the carnage a day earlier and marveled at their own survival. It was such a chaotic situation.
Condolences and offers of help poured in from Spain's allies.
The Foreign Ministry's crisis centre can be contacted on 02/501.81.11. Belgium's pro-euthanasia lobby and its political and media allies seek to bring to heel the country's last bastion of opposition, the Roman Church.
Makeshift memorials grew along Las Ramblas after it reopened to the public.