12 suspects likely involved in Spain terror attacks

Brunilde Fioravanti
Agosto 19, 2017

The ISIS media wing, Amaq recently claimed that the attackers were "soldiers of the Islamic State", but did not overtly claim responsibility for it.

On Friday morning, just as things were returning to normal at Las Ramblas, police said they thwarted what they thought was an attempt at a second attack, this one in the Catalan town of Cambrils, 60 miles southwest of Barcelona.

However, in a statement on Friday, Global Affairs Canada said Canadians were affected in the attack but did not provide details. One of four suspects later arrested was detained in Alcanar.

In fact, a safe-house in Alcanar (about 203 kilometers or 126 miles south of Barcelona) exploded on August 16 while at least two people were making the explosives for vehicle bombs.

The son of Moroccan immigrants who moved to the town in 2006, Abouyaaqoub was described by locals in the town as "shy" and "timid", compared to the other men he kept company with.

The driver of a van used to kill at least 13 people in Barcelona remains at large, with police focusing their manhunt on 18-year-old Moussa Oukabir.

The three Moroccan victims were immediately admitted to the hospitals of Barcelona, where they are now receiving medical care.

Officials in Spain say citizens from 24 countries were among those killed and injured in Barcelona.

Three of the terrorists shot dead in Cambrils have already been identified.

Their van, however, overturned and police quickly shot them dead, killing four right away.

None of them had any criminal record where "terrorism" is concerned, Trapero said, although some had committed petty crimes.

"I saw people flying into the air and everyone was running into the shops on either side", witness Ali Shirazinia told CNN. Spanish security officials said the restaurant staff contributed greatly in the aftermath of the attack.

Two suspects, one from Morocco, one from the Spanish enclave of Melilla, were arrested in connection with the Barcelona attack, Catalan Police Chief Josep Lluis Trapero said.

Some eight hours after the Barcelona attack, an Audi A3 auto hit pedestrians in the resort town of Cambrils, 120 kilometres (75 miles) to the south.

It was not clear where the cell planned to use the explosives that blew up Wednesday night. Before being gunned down by police, the assailants hit several civilians and a police officer with a vehicle.

Thirteen people were killed when a van ran over crowds in the Las Ramblas area of Barcelona.

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