Manhunt for suspected van driver expands to France — Barcelona terror

Barcelona Massacre in terrorist attack hostages in restaurant

The cell rented three vans and also used a car and motorcycle.

According to officials, the blast that occurred at a residence Wednesday probably prevented an even worse catastrophe.

It turns out that the terrorists were part of a cell that included at least 12 people, of whom five have been killed, four have been captured, and two died in an explosion.

A man who claimed to be a cousin of the brothers said Moussa Oukabir was "brainwashed". This was a terror group in its own right.

We realize the increasing number of Islamic fanatics has overwhelmed anti-terrorism agencies and law enforcement all over Europe, which simply lack the resources required to meet this threat. Ever since terrorists blew up a train in Madrid in 2004, killing 192 people and injuring around 2,000, Spain has been relatively free of the kind of terrorist attacks that have haunted other European cities.

Victims of the atrocity in Barcelona have been identified as British/Australian, Italian, Portuguese, Belgian, Spanish, Spanish/Argentine, Canadian and American. Police believed the house in Alcanar was where the cell plotted its attacks.

A total of 13 people were killed in the Catalan capital and another woman was killed in nearby Cambrils by members of the same group, with Islamic State (ISIS) claiming responsibility for the joint attacks. The cell was made up of Moroccans, all younger than 35, from or around a small town near the French border.

Nowhere was this questioning more acute than in Ripoll, the suspects' home town, where their families and friends were taken aback by the news.

Zoido said the country would reinforce security for events that draw large crowds as well as at popular tourist sites.

Moussa, 17, was among those shot dead in Cambrils, and Driss has been arrested. Five terrorists were then killed in a shootout with police.

Catalan regional police said they are mounting major road blocks throughout the northeastern region, warning people they may encounter traffic jams on different roads. The suspect, arrested after being shot by police, is an 18-year-old Moroccan. "There is nothing simpler than carrying out an attack of this kind", said a Paris town hall official.

Those who knew him described Abdelbaki Es Satty as a discreet and religious man, who had recently asked for a holiday from the mosque he was preaching in, apparently to return to Morocco for personal business.

"Security will be ensured as usual, as it's always been done for football matches", Trapero said.

After years of relative calm, Spain is suddenly confronting a series of security challenges that have raised questions about the country's preparedness.

Brussel's Molenbeek suburb has gained notoriety as a hotbed of international jihadists after the Paris and Brussels attacks.

Now, Ripoll is cut off by police roadblocks as the search for an alleged cell member thought to still be on the run continues.

That's absolutely shocking. This was not an attack by some lost soul, a lone wolf who was just "mistaken".

Two terror attacks have gripped Spain, killing 14 people.

When Pope Benedict XVI consecrated it in 2010, he declared it "a magnificent achievement of engineering, art and faith".

A seven-year-old British-Australian boy, Julian Cadman, was confirmed on Sunday as one of 13 killed in the Barcelona attack.

A neighbour close to the Abouyaaquob family, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the imam "had recruited Moroccans of Ripoll and planned the attacks".

The investigation is also focusing on a missing imam who police believe could have died in a massive house explosion Wednesday.

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