120 Gas Canisters Found for 'One or More' Attacks in Barcelona — Police

23 Août, 2017, 00:57 | Auteur: Lynn Cook
  • Spain's King Felipe and Queen Letizia wave to the crowd after paying respect at a memorial tribute of flowers messages and candles to the van attack victims in Las Ramblas promenade Barcelona Spain

Spanish authorities on Monday shot and killed Younes Abouyaaqoub, the suspected driver of the van that plowed into crowds last week in Barcelona, according to a tweet from the Catalan police.

Catalonian police also said investigators have solid evidence that an imam who is believed to have radicalised several suspects was killed in an explosion in a house in Alcanar last Wednesday. About 7 p.m., police found the car and Perez's body 3 kilometers (nearly 2 miles) away from the checkpoint, near Sant Just Desvern, a town west of Barcelona, but Abouyaaqoub was nowhere to be found.

The man is said to have shouted 'Allahu Akbar [God is the greatest]', as police shot and arrested him on Monday afternoon.

Meanwhile, five terrorists were shot by police as they carried out the attack in Cambrils in the early hours of Friday morning. "That's when (police) used their weapons and shot dead the suspect", said the police chief, who added that Abouyaaqoub shouted "Allahu Akbar" (God is Greatest) and was armed with knives.

Among those in court on Tuesday was Driss Oukabir, whose passport was found in the abandoned van after the Barcelona attack.

Police deployed a robot to remove what turned out to be a fake explosives belt from Abouyaaqoub's body before officers were cleared to approach it and make a positive identification, authorities said Monday.

On Saturday, Spanish Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoida said that the terror cell believed to be responsible for the attack on Las Ramblas and Cambrils, which left one dead and six injured, had been "completely dismantled". Neighbors said they did not suspect any wrongdoing at the property.

Spanish papers El Pais and La Vanguardia said they had seen images of the man leaving Las Ramblas then crossing through La Boqueria food market, another tourist attraction, before disappearing.

The 21-year-old arrived at court wearing hospital-issue pyjamas, with a bandaged hand and cuts to his face and bare ankles.

And despite the carnage they caused, she has only "good memories" of "normal boys, completely integrated" in Catalan life - words echoed by many others in Ripoll.

Abouyaaqoub's brother and friends made up the rest of the 12-man extremist cell, along with an imam who was one of the two people killed in the house explosion in Alcanar.

It was not clear if the man was Younes Abouyaaqoub, the 22-year-old fugitive that Spain has been searching for in a massive manhunt.

On Monday, authorities said that while fleeing the scene of his initial attack, Abouyaaqoub hijacked a car and stabbed to death its occupant. The other suspects were killed by police or in a blast a day before the attack.

In Belgium, the mayor of the Vilvorde region told AFP that Satty spent time in the Brussels suburb of Machelen - next to the city's airport - between January and March 2016.

A source briefed on the investigation said a preliminary assessment indicated there were traces of the powerful explosive TATP in the rubble.

Four men appeared in the High Court in Madrid today accused of being members of an Islamist cell behind the van attack.

On the other side of Brussels, the Molenbeek suburb has gained notoriety as a hotbed of international jihadists after the Brussels bombings in March 2016 and the Paris attacks in November 2015.

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