North Africans among Barcelona victims as police identify 4 suspects

By AT editor - 18 August 2017 at 7:18 pm
North Africans among Barcelona victims as police identify 4 suspects

Authorities in Spain say the victims of Thursday’s attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils, which claimed the lives of 14 people and left more than 100 injured, come from 34 countries.

Among them are citizens of Morocco, Egypt and Mauritania, according to the Emergències Catalunya civil protection agency. Spanish officials continue the work of identifying the victims and notifying their families, with forensic doctors working around the clock to establish names and causes of death.

Thirteen of those killed in the attacks were in Barcelona, when a rental van driving at a high rate of speed mowed down pedestrians along Las Ramblas, a tourist destination and landmark thoroughfare. The additional fatality happened when a woman died in the seaside town of Cambrils, where police say terrorists armed with knives, an axe and wearing fake bomb belts also drove a vehicle into pedestrians. 

Mossos security forces also said that the attacks, claimed by Islamic State, were part of a wider plan targeting Spain and began with explosions in the city of Alcanar on Wednesday night. At least one person died while building bombs in a house, police now say; those explosions were linked to the other attacks through the identities of suspects either detained or killed on Thursday.

A total of seven suspects have died in attack-related incidents, including five who were killed by police Thursday night in Cambrils and one who died at Alcanar. Among them was Moussa Oukabir, listed as a suspect earlier. There are conflicting details about the remaining death, which occurred at a checkpoint on the outskirts of Barcelona and is now believed to be linked. Four people, including Moroccan national Driss Oukabir, Moussa’s brother, have been arrested in the case.

Police say they are still looking for Younes Abouyaaqoub.

Image: Barcelona City Council

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