Spain: 'Level 4' threat alert post Barcelona terror attack

Vanessa Beaulieu
Août 21, 2017

The president of a mosque in Ripoll said the iman, suspected of involvement in this week's attacks in Spain, quit the mosque three months ago because he went to Morocco.

Two young Australian men also advised the Federal Government they were directly affected by the attack.

Explosive materials commonly used in Islamic terror attacks were also found in the rubble. Spanish police have described the incident as a terrorist attack, leaving 13 dead and more than 100 injured.

Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Mark Rowley said in a statement that British authorities were "liaising closely with the Spanish authorities and await further updates regarding the nationalities of the deceased and injured".

The victim of the second assault in Cambrils has been identified as a Spanish woman.

The five attackers died from a shootout with police.

The teenager, said to be 17 or 18 years old, is suspected of using his brother's documents to hire the vehicle that ploughed through pedestrians in the tourist hotspot on Thursday evening.

At least 13 people were killed and more than 120 injured after a van driver drove into crowds along a pedestrianised section of Las Ramblas on Thursday.

About 100 members of Barcelona's Muslim community, many of them tearful, gathered on Las Ramblas on Saturday to demonstrate against the twin attacks in Spain.

Moroccan-born Younes Abouyaaqoub has now been named by Spanish media as the person they believe was behind the wheel of the van in Barcelona.

Late on Friday police chief Josep Trapero told local TV that the theory that Oukabir was the driver now "had less weight".

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Parmi les douze suspects, un seul est toujours en fuite et la police ignore qui il est et s'il se trouve toujours en Espagne . Une autre fourgonnette a foncé sur des passants à Cambrils , à 120 km de Barcelone, quelques heures plus tard.

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Un geste fort en hommage aux victimes du double attentat revendiqué par le groupe terroriste qui a fait 14 victimes en Catalogne. Tôt dimanche, le gouvernement irakien a annoncé le lancement d'une opération sur son bastion de Tal Afar, à l'ouest de Mossoul .

What we know — Spain terror attacks
Two years ago, an account registered in the name of Moussa Oukabir posted regularly on a question-and-answer website called Kiwi. Sadly, even though more lives were saved, the perpetrators still carried out the frightening vehicle attacks in the two cities.

Fatima Abouyaaquoub, sister-in-law of the Hychami brothers and the cousin of Younes Abouyaaquoub, found it all hard to believe.

Scraps of paper covered in scribbled notes and phone numbers were strewn around the cramped flat, which was turned upside down during the police search.

In the family home in Mrirt, a predominantly Berber community in Khenifra province, the TV was kept switched on for news about Younes' whereabouts. He had not seen Es Satty since July.

"The street was abandoned", he said.

"We are so blessed to have had him in our lives and will remember his smiles and hold his memory dear to our hearts".

Sissing ran into a shop, he said.

"As he was enjoying the sights of Barcelona with his mother, Julian was sadly taken from us". He said the families of some of the individuals killed have been notified.

"It will never be the same". Paramedics and bystanders bent over them, treating them and trying to comfort those still conscious.

Las Ramblas is one of Barcelona's top tourist destinations, with a wide pedestrian promenade flanked by roadways on either side of its Raval and Gothic quarters.

"He spoke little, spent most of the time with his computer in his room, and had an old mobile phone with no internet, and few books", said Satty's flatmate.

Moussa Oukabir's older brother, Driss Oukabir, is reported to be one of those detained.

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