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Barcelona attacker Younes Abouyaaqoub shot dead

28 Agosto 2017, 07:42 | Fidele Alvizo

Police officers stand next to the van involved in an attack in Las Ramblas in Barcelona

Police officers stand next to the van involved in an attack in Las Ramblas in Barcelona

Police said there was solid evidence to believe that an imam thought by police to have helped radicalise his young conspirators, Abdelbaki Es Satty, was killed in the blast.

As was previously reported, at least 100 people were injured and 13 people were killed after a van plowed into a crowd at the Las Ramblas area of Barcelona on Thursday.

Els Mossos d'Esquadra, the Catalan provincial police force leading the investigation into the attacks, said in a message posted on Monday: "The suspicious man in Subirats wears what looks like a belt of explosives attached to the body".

Islamic State also claimed responsibility for a separate deadly assault which erupted hours after the van attack in the coastal resort town of Cambrils, south of Barcelona.

The driver of a car used as an escape vehicle by the suspected Barcelona attacker succumbed to his injuries today, having been stabbed multiple times.

Police had earlier said the imam had spent time in prison and had once been in contact with a suspect wanted on terrorism charges but was never himself charged with terror-related incidents. In a subsequent tweet, in Catalan, police said they were using a robot to approach the scene.

In total, 120 people were wounded in both attacks, 50 of whom remain hospitalized from both attacks, nine in critical condition, authorities said. Authorities say the group was probably planning bigger attacks but they were stopped by the explosion. Police then shot and killed five members of the terrorist cell. Abouyaaqoub was one of 12 terror suspects linked to the Barcelona attack.

Es Satty, a Moroccan national, was jailed for two years in 2012 for smuggling hashish between Morocco and Spain, according to The Telegraph.

People lay on the ground after a van hit pedestrians in Barcelona. Four terrorists were detained.

Catalan police announced on Twitter that it had an operation underway Monday.

Regional police chief Josep Llus Trapero told a press conference on Sunday that the possibility that Abouyaaqoub had escaped to France had not been ruled out. Mr Abouyaaqoub is "dangerous and could be armed", police said.

The slain terrorists have been identified as Said Aallaa, 18, Moussa Oukabir, 18, Houssaine Abouyaaqoub, 19, Omar Hychami, 21 and Mohamed Hychami, 24. A waiter at a Ripoll cafe told AFP he had served beers to some of the suspects numerous times, most recently just two days ago.

Muslim community in the town of Ripoli, where the supposed attackers come from, condemned the killings.



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