Algerian president condemns deadly terror attack in Barcelona

Source: Xinhua| 2017-08-19 04:33:34|Editor: Yurou
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ALGIERS, Aug. 18 (Xinhua) -- The Algerian president condemned Friday the terrorist attack targeting pedestrians in the Spanish city of Barcelona.

In a condolence letter to Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika expressed his indignation at the attack.

"This cowardly act is a denial of the sanctity of human life and a desperate attempt to undermine the basic values of freedom and tolerance," wrote Bouteflika, adding that he condemns the terror act "in the strongest terms."

He also extended condolences to the Spanish government and people as well as the family members of the victims, and expressed solidarity with Spain "against the barbaric terrorism that is not exempting any nation or any community in the world."

The president urged the international community "to eradicate terrorism and promote dialogue between peoples and civilizations."

Earlier in the day, Algerian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abdelaziz Benali Cherif said three Algerians were injured in the Barcelona attack.

Meanwhile, Spanish police said they arrested four suspects, three Moroccans and one Spaniard, while a fifth is still on the run.

On Thursday, a van ploughed into pedestrians in the Las Ramblas tourist district of Barcelona, leaving at least 14 dead and more than 100 injured.