One Spaniard confirmed dead in Paris attacks

2015-11-14 19:56:06 GMT2015-11-15 03:56:06(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

MADRID, Nov. 14 (Xinhua) -- A Spanish citizen was confirmed dead on Saturday in Paris terrorist attacks, Spain's Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Saenz de Santamaria reported on Saturday.

The 29-year-old Juan Alberto Gonzalez Garrido, born in Madrid, was confirmed dead on Saturday as he was in Bataclan on Friday evening with his wife, who was unharmed. They were living together in the capital of France.

Saenz de Santamaria said the government has informed the victim's family as well as King Felipe VI, the main Spanish authorities and the leader of the main opposition party, the Socialist Party, Pedro Sanchez.

The French embassy also informed that a 39-year-old Spaniard, Ivan Garcia, who travelled from Madrid to visit three Spanish people who were living in Paris, was injured.

Saenz de Santamaria said Spanish citizens and French citizens were connected by the pain.

"We suffer together because we are seeing our compatriots dying," Saenz de Santamaria said, adding that "this is a sad day for Spaniards."

At the same time she launched a message of hope: "we will work to fight terror, to defeat terrorists."

Spain's Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz had launched earlier a message of calm to the Spanish people.

"We are doing all we have to do in a situation like this one," he said, explaining that absolute security was "impossible", because there is not a "zero-risk" option.

Spain had considered raising the country's terror alert from level 4 to level 5, the maximum level, but after a special meeting following Paris attacks, they finally have decided to keep it at level 4.

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