Police searching for the chief suspect in last week’s Barcelona terror attack have shot dead a man wearing a suicide belt in a confrontation near the city.
Police have confirmed the identity of the man as Younes Abouyaaqoub, the man who drove the truck and killed over a dozen people at Las Ramblas last week.
Earlier, police expanded the search area and published photographs and the identity of 22-year-old Younes Abouyaaqoub. They were alerted to a man fitting Abouyaaqoub’s description near a petrol station, and sent armed officers and a bomb disposal team to the Subirats area, around 25 miles (40km) west of Barcelona.
Abouyaaqoub was wearing a suicide vest and shouted “Allahu Akbar” (“God is Great”), before he was shot and killed by police.
All twelve members of the IS-linked terror cell are now either dead or in custody, put Catalan authorities say the investigation has only just begun.
Police say there were “strong indications” that members of the cell were organised by a local imam named Abdelbaki Es Satty, who is believed to have died in an explosion last week at a house in Alcanar the group were using as a bomb-making factory.