Barcelona terror attack: hunt for key suspect expands across Europe

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Police hunting for the driver of the van that killed 13 people in last week’s terror attack in Barcelona have extended the search across Europe.

Newly released CCTV footage shows the suspect fleeing the area of Las Ramblas on foot, it cannot rule out the possibility he has since crossed the border into France or beyond.

Police have confirmed the suspect’s identity as Younes Abouyaaqoub and released a series of images.

Images of Las Ramblas terror attack suspect

Images of Las Ramblas terror attack suspect

Police say that they are investigating whether Abouyaaqoub stabbed and killed a Spanish man and stole his car around an hour after the terror attack unfolded.

However, in an interview with a local radio station, Catalan official Joaquim Forn said “Everything suggests the van driver is Younes Abouyaaqoub”.

Catalan police have confirmed that of the 12 people suspected to be involved in the Las Ramblas and Cambrils terror attacks, only one is still believed to be at large. Five suspects were killed during the Cambrils attack, four have been arrested, and two sets of human remains have not yet been identified.

Over the weekend, it emerged that the terror cell involved in the attack had been planning a series of attacks for six months and had amassed 120 gas canisters. The cell moved up their plans after the house in the town of Alcanar where they had been storing the canisters and possibly other bomb-making equipment blew up on 16 August, the day before the cell attacked Las Ramblas.

On Saturday police raided the house of an imam in the town of Ripoll, who has been accused of radicalising members of the cell and overseeing its operations. According to El Pais, police are investigating whether one of the bodies discovered at the Alcanar house is that of the imam, named as Abdelbaki Es Satty.

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