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IGNACIO ECHEVERRÍA, HEROISM AGAINST CRUELTY

The Spaniard Ignacio Echeverria, 39, an employee of the HSBC bank, died on Saturday as he faced the three terrorists on London Bridge and, in a brave, heroic and exemplary action, tried to defend and help a woman who was being attacked by one of these subjects.

The King and the Queen of Spain, Felipe VI and Queen Letizia, praised Echeverría’s “dignity and heroism” against”criminal and cowardly terror.”

Echeverria, who was born in Ferrol (Galicia), was attacked in the back by at least one of the three Jihadists who were indiscriminately stabbing the crowd in an area of bars and restaurants near to London Bridge, according to the report of friends who they accompanied him.

Ignacio Echeverría‘s brother confirmed to EFE that the young Spaniard, missing since Saturday, is one of eight victims in the attack by the three Jihadist terrorists.

His sister, Isabel, on her Facebook wall, wrote that Ignacio Echeverria, 39, “tried to stop terrorists and lost his life trying to save others.”

Isabel Echeverría thanked the Spanish authorities, the police, the bank HSBC – where he worked -, Iberia and the press, as well as all the family and friends who have “involved” looking for her “brother” and “supporting us”.

Hours earlier, Spanish Foreign Minister Alfonso Dastis called situation of mutism held by the UK authorities over the last four days as “not far from being inhumane” for the Echeverria family.

The confirmation of Ignacio’s relatives came shortly after British police reported that eight people were killed in the attack after finding the body of Frenchman Xavier Thomas, 45, missing from the day of the attack on the River Thames.

The British authorities have still not officially confirmed the identity of the rest of the dead, the French, Alexandre Pigeard and Sebastien Belanger; Kirsty Boden and Sara Zelanak (28 and 21), British James MacMullan (34) and Canadian Christine Archibald (30), but families or relatives given up for dead their relatives, in the absence of a complete analyzed of the fingerprints and DNA by Scotland Yard and the London Metropolitan Police.

They have only issued a statement explaining that “identifying a high number of mortal victims on a major issue is a complex process and presents challenges.”

According to the Spanish Interior Minister, Juan Ignacio Zoido, the United Kingdom will today give “all kinds of explanations” of what happened to the Echeverría family.

Ignacio Echeverría, 39, who has been living in the British capital for more than one year, was last seen lying on the ground in one of the places where the bombing took place, in which eight people died and 50 others were injured.

“His courage in defending a defenceless person serves to remind us of the need to remain united in the face of the scourge of terrorism, against those who make violence and terror their only language,” the Spanish Foreign Ministry indicated in a statement.

The city council of Las Rozas, in Madrid, where the young man lived since he was a boy, has decreed two days of official mourning and has announced the creation of a medal of the city that will carry his name.

Madrid/ London/ Moscow, June 8, 2017, EFE/Practica Español

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Question 1
En el texto se dice que...
A
la defunción de Ignacio Echeverría ha sido confirmada por su familia.
B
nadie ha aportado información nueva sobre Ignacio Echeverría.
C
las autoridades británicas han informado sobre la defunción de Ignacio Echeverría.
Question 2
Familiares de Echeverría utilizaron las redes sociales para informar de este hecho.
A
Verdadero.
B
Falso.
C
No se sabe.
Question 3
Según el texto, Echeverría dio su vida por salvar a otra persona.
A
Verdadero.
B
No se sabe.
C
Falso.
Question 4
En el texto se dice que la familia de este español...
A
no se ha pronunciado tras ser informada por las autoridades británicas.
B
agradece el apoyo recibido.
C
todavía desconoce el paradero de Ignacio Echeverría.
Question 5
En el texto se dice que las identidades de los fallecidos han sido confirmadas por las autoridades británicas.
A
No se sabe.
B
Falso.
C
Verdadero.
Question 6
En el texto se dice que...
A
el atentado en Londres se produjo hace un par de días.
B
hubo un atentado en la capital del Reino Unido hace casi una semana .
C
hubo un atentado en Londres hace un mes.
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