Barcelona Attack Suspect 'Still On the Loose' As Manhunt Enters Second Day

Aubin Brasseur
Août 20, 2017

Police said the five men may be linked to the Thursday night attack in Barcelona that was claimed by the Islamic State.

Regional police chief Josep Lluis Trapero said: "if we knew that he was in Spain and where, we would go after him".

The investigation is also focusing on a missing imam who police think could have died in a massive house explosion on Wednesday (local time).

Leading newspaper El Pais said Lopez worked as a metal worker in Rubi and had been walking back from Barcelona port area when the van burst onto Las Ramblas.

Spain's King Felipe and Queen Letizia, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa joined Catalan leaders on Sunday for a service in memory of the victims of the attack at Barcelona's towering Sagrada Familia church, one of the city's landmarks designed by architect Antoni Gaudi.

The Argentine government expressed its deep regret over the pain caused to Pereyra's family and friends and said its diplomatic missions in Barcelona and Madrid are working to assist. The identity of the second person killed in that blast remains unconfirmed. Spanish police searched nine homes in Ripoll, including Es Satty's, and set up roadblocks.

Extra border checks are being carried out on people coming from Spain, Mail Online reports.

Map graphic showing the key locations involved in the Spain terror attacks.

Barcelona players will kick-off their La Liga campaign this weekend by paying tribute to the victims of a terror attack in the Catalan city on Thursday.

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Un imam de Ripoll au centre de l'enquête — Attentats en Catalogne
Après une messe solennelle dimanche à 10h00 (08h00 GMT), le président catalan Carles Puigdemont donnera une conférence de presse. D'après le quotidien El Pais , qui cite des sources policières, l'imam de Ripoll pourrait avoir été tué dans la déflagration .

None of the five is believed to be the driver who sped into Las Ramblas, leaving a trail of dead and injured among the crowds of tourists and local residents strolling on the Barcelona boulevard. They never talked about the imam. They were normal boys. My heart breaks to know that such a tragic event had to unfold in such a beautiful city.

A determined Luca Russo, 25, already had a job in electronic engineering, no easy feat in Italy, where youth unemployment runs stubbornly high. They didn't steal. Never had a problem with me or anybody else.

Catalonia is home to about a quarter of Spain's 1.9 million Muslims - and it is also a centre of jihadism, according to experts. He noted that police have since recovered three rented vans in connection with the attack, as well as the Audi A3 used in Cambrils and a motorcycle.

"The best mitigations are done at the design stage", Mr Turnbull said.

The Spanish government said it now considered the cell behind the attacks out of action, though police in Catalonia would not confirm this.

However, the driver of the van, 22-year-old Younes Abouyaaqoub, remains at large. "We must stand united against terrorism, proving to them that even in our darkest hour, we will face them undivided". She had been based in Australia for the past three or four years, Arriolo said.

Julian's mother Jumarie, known as Jom, is being treated in hospital for serious injuries.

The 14 people killed spanned generations - from age 3 to 80 - and left behind devastated loved ones.

His father Andrew touched down in Barcelona on Sunday. Police quickly found and arrested him, said the spokesman, who was not authorised to be publicly named. He was killed along with four other terrorists by officers following a stand-off in Cambrils. "Terrible news, the town is in mourning".

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