Police hunt four suspects over Spain attacks

Ruben Ruiz
August 19, 2017

Islamic extremist group Isis have claimed responsibility for the attacks via their Amaq News Agency.

Three of the men, all thought to be of Moroccan origin and including chief suspect Moussa Oukabir, were said to have been killed by Spanish police during the second attack in Cambrils on Thursday night.

A woman injured in the ramming died of her injuries in hospital on Friday, Catalan authorities said, bringing the death toll of the two attacks to 14. Younes Abouyaaqoub (far right), is also a suspect. Police were investigating whether one of the attackers was the driver of the van used in the Barcelona attack. Police believe the explosion, which killed one person and injured seven others, was caused an attempt to make explosive devices.

At least one American was killed in the attacks, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said.

There were some three dozen nationalities among the dead and injured who came from countries as varied as France, Pakistan, Spain, the Netherlands, China, Venezuela, Mauritania, Australia, Britain and the United States.

Catalan police have identified the five terrorists who were shot dead in Cambrils. In total, the twin attacks left more than 100 injured.

Hours after the white van ploughed through pedestrians another ram attack took place in a seaside town south of the city.

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However, the apparently accidental explosion at the house forced the conspirators to scale down their plans and to hurriedly carry out more "rudimentary" attacks, Mr Trapero said.

A pedestrian street that has always been the center of street life here is now also remembered as the scene of a terrorist attack.

One day after a terror attack that killed 13, the crowds returned to Barcelona's Las Ramblas. Crowds later joined in lengthy applause.

"They were trying to make explosives out of butane gas among other things", Trapero said.

The five occupants of the vehicle were killed by police.

Zoido also said Spanish authorities considered the cell behind the attacks had been fully dismantled.

Italian media reported that Mr Gulotta had been holding the hand of his five-year-old son Alessandro just before he was hit by the van.

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