Police name fugitive Barcelona attack suspect

Police name fugitive Barcelona attack suspect

Police name fugitive Barcelona attack suspect

Authorities believe the terror cell involved in the attacks - believed to number about 12 - has been "completely dismantled", Spanish Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoida said Saturday.

Police have arrested four people in connection with the attacks - three Moroccans and a citizen of Spain's North African enclave of Melilla.

In the Spanish border town of Ripoll, everyone knows each other - making it all the more shocking to residents that jihadists believed responsible for this week's deadly twin attacks lived among them.

He said he doesn't believe another terror attack to be imminent.

Oukabir was killed along with terrorists Said Aallaa and Mohamed Hycham in the Cambrils attack that left one woman dead and five others injured after the men drove into pedestrians.

Moussa Oukabir, who is said to be 17 or 18 years old, was suspected of using his brother's documents to rent the van which ploughed through pedestrians in the popular Las Ramblas shopping area.

The driver of the van, who fled on foot after the carnage, has yet to be identified, but police said it seemed increasingly unlikely that he was one of those five suspects.

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Moussa's brother, a Moroccan national named Driss Oukabir, handed himself into police and denies involvement in the attack.

Minutes later, police shot dead the five attackers who were wearing fake bomb belts.

The blast was followed by yet another explosion on Thursday that killed one person and injured more than 10 people working at the scene.

Police shot and wounded the knife-wielding suspect on Friday, arresting him minutes after an afternoon stabbing rampage at a busy market square in Turku in southwestern Finland.

"Catalan Muslims express their sympathy for the families of the victims, wishing for the complete recovery of the injured, and offering their solidarity with the people of Barcelona, Catalonia and Spain".

Spanish police said Saturday they would carry out controlled explosions at the property.

In reaction to the terror attack in Barcelona, President Trump tweeted, "The United States condemns the terror attack in Barcelona, Spain, and will do whatever is necessary to help". A police spokesman said they could not confirm any deaths or that the incident was being treated as terrorism.

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"It saddens us to inform the public that a kababayan (countryman) of ours from Australia and her 7-year-old son are among the victims of last Thursday's terrorist attack in Barcelona", Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said.

"Deadly terror attacks in Europe have risen sharply since 2015, and that's largely because of ISIS, which has claimed responsibility for majority".

On Wednesday night, an explosion rocked Alcanar killing one person and injuring one other.

Excavation work is continuing at a house south of Barcelona where, according to Spanish police, members of an Islamic extremist cell plotted their attacks.

Spain has been at level 4 since mid-2015, following attacks in France.

Police Chief Josep Lluis Trapero told reporters that the initial plan of the cell was to use the explosives in their attack and it was only the accidental explosion that caused them to resort to using a vehicle, NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson reports.

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