August 18, 2017 / 4:29 PM / 2 years ago

Morocco's king offers condolences over Barcelona attack

RABAT (Reuters) - The king of Morocco expressed his condolences to Spain on Friday over the deadly attack in Barcelona, over which three Moroccans have been arrested.

King Mohammed VI also condemned what he called an “odious criminal act, contrary to all human values and religious precepts”.

“His Majesty the King expresses to King Felipe VI, and through him, to all the families of victims and to the Spanish people, his sincere condolences and solidarity and compassion,” said a statement carried by state news agency MAP.

Thirteen people were killed and scores more wounded on Thursday when a van plowed into crowds on a central boulevard in the Spanish coastal city.

Spanish police say they have arrested four people in connection with the attacks, three of them Moroccan and one from the Spanish enclave of Melilla on Morocco’s northern coast.

Moroccan authorities did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Three Moroccan nationals were among those injured during the attack and were being treated in a Barcelona hospital, according to MAP.

Reporting by Samia Errazzouki; Editing by Aidan Lewis and Angus MacSwan

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