LONDON — The British police and security services are “urgently” investigating reports of a missing British child following the Barcelona terror attack.
The prime minister said she was “looking into” the reports that a child who is a dual British national, is missing, following the attack on the popular Las Ramblas area on Thursday.
“Sadly I must tell you that we do believe that a number of British nationals were caught up in the attack and we’re urgently looking into reports of a child believed missing who is a British dual national,” May said in a televised statement from Downing Street.
Among those reportedly missing in Barcelona is a seven-year-old boy called Julian Alessandro Cadman, who is believed to have dual British-Australian nationality.
Family members have posted a photo of Julian on social media as the search continues. He is pictured in a uniform from Chiddingstone Nursery, which is in Kent.
Fourteen people have been confirmed dead so far and 130 injured in what is the deadliest terror attack in Spain since 2004.
May said she had spoken to the Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and offered him Britain’s full assistance in the aftermath of the attack.
Watch Theresa May’s statement
Theresa May’s full statement:
“This morning I spoke with Mariano Rajoy, the Spanish prime minister, to offer my deepest condolences after the terrible attack that took place in Barcelona and the UK stands shoulder to shoulder with Spain in confronting and dealing with the evil of terrorism and I have offered any assistance that we can provide.
“Sadly I must tell you that we do believe that a number of British nationals were caught up in the attack and we’re urgently looking into reports of a child believed missing who is a British dual national.
“The Foreign Office is offering consular assistance to those who were involved in the attack and their families and are working urgently to see if there are others who need their help.
“But we must work together if we are to confront this evil of terrorism and also to confront and deal with the perverted extremist ideology which drives it, ridding the internet of poisonous material and ensuring that our police and security services have the powers that they need. Terrorism is the great threat that we all face but together we will defeat it.”
Theresa May: UK “urgently looking into reports” of a British dual-nationality child believed to be missing following Spain terror attacks pic.twitter.com/TmJwNzzrme
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