Van Attack Kills 13 in Barcelona
On Thursday, a van plowed into dozens of people in Barcelona, Spain, killing at least 13 people and injuring more than 100 others. On Monday, Spanish authorities shot and killed the suspected driver; the Islamic State has claimed responsibility. The attack is the sixth vehicular attack in Europe in recent years and came days after a van drove into a crowd of anti-racism protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia.
We pray again for those who mourn in the wake of terror attacks; how long, O Lord? We pray for those who perpetrate the attacks—who feel powerless, who are afraid; help us forgive, Lord, and heal their hearts. We pray for peace in Europe, in the Middle East, across the world; for an end to extremism and terrorism; for the kingdom of God to draw near.