New picture emerges of main suspect in Barcelona terror attack

Saul Bowman
August 21, 2017

Confusion still reigns over the identity of the van attack driver. USA cable networks have gone live with coverage of what Barcelona police was a "massive" act of terrorism in Spain's second-largest city. Among those dead is a 7-year-old Australian-British boy who was reported missing by relatives after his mother was badly injured in the attack.

Six civilians and a police officer were wounded in the attack and one woman later died of her wounds, authorities said. Two or three more attackers allegedly died in an explosion in the Catalan town of Alcanar a day before the ramming attack, while one suspect remains at large.

Among the dead and the injured were nationals from Australia, Britain, China, France, the Netherlands, Mauritania, Pakistan and Venezuela.

One was used in the Las Ramblas attack, another was found after the attack in the town of Vic and a third in Ripoll. The Islamic State (IS) group has claimed responsibility for the attack. "But you'd never suspect that they'd pass on these things here, much less amongst your own people".

Police said in a news conference that the search for Moroccan-born Younes Abouyaaquoub, 22, has continued in Catalonia, and has expanded to the neighboring French border, Reuters reported.

Spanish Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoida said Saturday that police moved quickly to break up a terrorist cell accused of carrying out the attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils, with at least 12 people arrested or killed.

Spain attacker showed 'no sign of radicalisation': father

"I don't know what's happened, I don't know how to feel, they're my sons but look at the evil they've done", said Hechami Gasi, father of Mohamed and Omar Hychami, two of the suspected jihadis who were shot dead by police in Cambrils.

One woman was killed and six other people wounded, with police killing five "suspected terrorists" who were in the vehicle and arresting four others.

The house in Alcanar was destroyed by an explosion on Wednesday 16 August and police said the apparently accidental explosion forced the conspirators to scale down their plans and to hurriedly carry out more "rudimentary" attacks.

In April, attackers used a truck to kill five people in Stockholm, Sweden.

On Saturday, police raided the imam's apartment in Ripoll, his flatmate, who would only identify himself as Nourddem, told AFP.

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