Holidaymakers urged to be vigilant following the terror attacks in Spain.


NORTHERN Ireland holidaymakers were last night urged to be vigilant following the terror attacks in Spain.

With thousands of northerners flocking to Europe on holiday this summer the PSNI issued safety advice about what to do during a firearm or weapons attack abroad.

PSNI assistant chief constable Barbara Gray said police wanted to raise awareness of the possibility of attacks and said the public should remain vigilant with an action plan in place.

The advice included running to a place of safety rather than surrendering or negotiating, hiding rather than confronting, and alerting police.

It came as holidaymakers caught up in the attacks told of the panic that ensued when Islamic extremists targeted Barcelona's Las Ramblas killing 13 people and injuring hundreds of others.

Shari and Danny Butcher from Limavady were among those who fled the scene.

"I just ran and ran," said Mrs Butcher who feared the attackers also had knives.

"People were being trampled. It was awful. I was terrified. We didn’t hear gunfire. In my mind I visualised knives liked London."

The dead and injured are from 34 countries, it emerged yesterday.

A five year-old boy from the Republic is among those injured.

Nathaniel Putot, whose parents are originally from the Philippines, suffered a broken leg while his father Norman also sustained leg injuries.

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