Cops say he is the only one of 12 suspects still at large, with others arrested, shot by police or killed in an explosion at a house in Catalonia the day before Thursday’s van attack in Las Ramblas.
Roser Ventura, whose father owns a vineyard between the towns of Sadurni d’Anoia and Subirats, said she alerted the regional Catalan police when they spotted a auto crossing their property at high speed.
A bomb disposal robot was dispatched to examine the downed suspect before police determined the bomb belt was not real, Trapero said.
The Spanish police now believe that tiny Alcanar may have been the incubator for a plot far more ambitious than the vehicular attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils that killed 14 people and injured scores. Driver flees on foot.
A Vancouver police officer has thanked Barcelona first responders who tried to save her father “in his final moments” after he was fatally struck by a auto in last week’s terror attack.
El Pais published CCTV footage of a man wearing a black and white shirt similar to the one Abouyaaqoub wore when he was caught on a bank security camera the night before the attacks.
Police told reporters Sunday that they had found some 120 gas tanks and explosive ingredients at the house, which led them to believe the cell had been planning another attack using explosives.
Meanwhile, Spanish authorities identified one fugitive terrorist as Younes Abouyaaqoub. He said the bomb belt turned out to be a fake one. The suspect’s identity was confirmed by fingerprints, according to the president.
Sant Sadurni Mayor Maria Rosell said all police forces in Catalonia converged on the town.
Abouyaaqoub abandoned the van after zig-zagging down Las Ramblas avenue at high speed, police have said. Shortly afterwards, he said, up to 30 police cars arrived along with helicopters and ambulances.
“Julian was a much loved and adored member of our family”, they said.
Police fired on the vehicle after it rammed through a checkpoint just after 6 p.m. Thursday but Abouyaaqoub was able to flee a second time.
On Monday, authorities said that while fleeing the scene of his initial attack, Abouyaaqoub hijacked a auto and stabbed to death its occupant. “And I know it’s a very serious mistake, and they shouldn’t be forgiven, but we [MUSLIMS] shouldn’t be all seen in the same light, as terrorists”.
– Authorities in Vic, a small town outside Barcelona, say a van, thought to be a getaway vehicle, was found there on Thursday evening.
Police shot dead five “suspected terrorists” who had knocked pedestrians down in the Catalan seaside resort of Cambrils in a second attack in the early hours of Friday, and arrested four others as Spain reeled from the deadly violence.
In Cambrils, a auto rammed into passersby and its occupants got out and tried to stab people.
The news came four days after the attack in the city in which a van swerving through the crowded Las Ramblas promenade killed 13 people.
People stand next to candles and flower tributes placed on the ground after a terror attack that killed 14 people and wounded over 120 in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017.