Barcelona Attacker Shot Dead, Spanish Police Say

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Islamic State claimed responsibility for the Barcelona attack along with another vehicle attack on Friday in which a car crashed into people in the resort town of Cambrils, Spain, and the attackers then got out and tried to stab people.

Abouyaaqoub was the only one still at large. Two of the suspected terrorists died when the house containing the canisters exploded.

Investigators seeking to unravel the terror cell had homed in on the small border town of Ripoll at the foot of the Pyrenees mountains in northeastern Spain.

"There is nothing to lead us to treat this as an act of terrorism", an officer told Agence France-Presse.

Spain's Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido on August 19 stated that the terror cell behind Spain's deadly twin attacks cell was believed to have consisted of at least twelve persons.

Please see the update at the bottom of this post.

Police have not confirmed if the man shot is Abouyaaqoub.

'Over the last two years, Younes and Houssein began to radicalise under the influence of this imam, ' their grandfather told AFP.

And the day of the attack, Younes showed steely determination.

Oukabir was the second of four van attack suspects to testify Tuesday before Judge Fernando Andreu, who will decide later whether they should be jailed or released. He is "dangerous and could be armed", police in Catalonia said, as officials announced that they had identified all 15 attack victims.

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Authorities said the attacks may have been inspired by a local imam who died Wednesday after a house, which was being used as a bomb factory, blew up, the Times reported. "Outside, I don't know".

Attention had turned to Driss Oukabir's brother Moussa after the attack but police revealed he was one of the attackers killed in Cambrils. Spanish police theorize that after the explosives prematurely ignited, the terrorists went to plan B. Speaking anonymously in line with court rules, she said the testimony would be in Spanish without interpreters.

Spanish police on Monday shot dead an Islamist militant who killed 13 people with a van in Barcelona last week, ending a five-day manhunt for the perpetrator of Spain's deadliest attack in over a decade.

Argentina's Foreign Ministry said Ms Pereyra, 40, who had dual Spanish-Argentinian citizenship, was among the dead. Of 51 still hospitalised following the attacks, 25 are in either critical or serious conditions. The accidental explosion led them to change tactics, the police believe.

A man wearing an explosive suicide belt has been shot down on the outskirts of Barcelona.

He said that "this group came to Paris but it was a quick arrival and departure".

"Around 14 people were killed and 100 injured in three terror-related incidents in Catalonia, Spain, including attack in Barcelona".

Abouyaaquoub was part of a terrorist cell based in Ripoll, 25 kilometers north of Barcelona.

He said the suspect walked through Barcelona for about 90 minutes after the van attack " through the famed La Boqueria market and nearly to Barcelona University " before hijacking the car.

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