Driver in Barcelona Attack May Still Be on the Run

Why did ISIS target Spain? The answer may lie in history.

Reuters reported that police believe that as many as two plotters may have been killed in the explosion in Alcanar, with Abouyaaqoub still on the run. It does not have a large Muslim population.

As mourners honored the dead, the manhunt for the suspected driver edged toward its third day, with police announcing a major new development.

Earlier, Spain's King Felipe and Queen Letizia visited the site of the attack at Las Ramblas, placing a wreath and two candles on the ground.

Unlike France, Britain, Sweden and Germany, Spain has largely been spared, thanks in part to a crackdown that has netted about 200 suspected jihadis in recent years.

The town is home to a mix of yearlong residents and others who just spend holidays or weekends here, he said.

One of Italy's two victims in the Barcelona van attack is being mourned as a brilliant young engineer dragged to his death before his girlfriend's eyes.

Spanish police declined to confirm his identity.

On Thursday, a van ran over pedestrians on Barcelona's Las Ramblas strip.

The customers can then be seen crowding around the upstairs window, taking in the horror from the street below. Two have already been discharged.

They shouted, "We are not terrorists" and "Islam is peace". They open fire. A man is later found dead in the passenger seat of the car with stab wounds. Beyond the immediate horror, the attack is likely to have consequences for the area.

The government decided Saturday to hold the alert at four, but ordered additional measures, including beefing up security in highly frequented places. Australia's S&P/ASX 200 fell 0.6 percent to 5,747.10. Eight other people were injured, among them six women.

Police on Saturday named three of those attackers as Moussa Oukabir, Said Aallaa and Mohamed Hychami. There have since been other deadly attacks using vehicles in Berlin, London and Paris.

"Everyone knelt down, instinctively, as if to protect themselves", Bruno said, adding that Gulotta put himself in front of his children and was fatally struck. However, they weren't able to get the necessary permits, so had to settle for smaller vans.

The whereabouts of seven-year-old Julian Cadman, a dual British-Australian national apparently separated from his injured mother during the attack, remains unclear.

Spanish police on Friday said that the suspects were planning a much larger scale attack, intending to use explosive devices, but they believe the suspects' materials detonated prematurely in Alcanar, southwest of Barcelona, on Wednesday night.

"Barca have been granted special permission from the Spanish soccer federation (RFEF) for the arrangement, and said the message "#TOTSSOMBARCELONA" ("We are all Barcelona") will be embroidered on the front of the soccer team's shirts.

Younes Abouyaaqoub, 22, has emerged as the main suspect in the Barcelona attack.

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