Monday, 21 August 2017

Barcelona attack: Suspected van driver shot dead by Spanish police


 
Spanish police have shot dead the main suspect in last Thursday's Barcelona attack, Younes Abouyaaqoub.

 
 
Police believe he was the driver of a van which careered down the Las Ramblas avenue, killing 13 and injuring more than 100 others.


He was killed some 25 miles (40km) west of Barcelona near a petrol station following a tip off.


Abouyaaqoub, wearing a fake explosive belt, is reported to have shouted "Allahu Akbar" ("God is Greatest").


An extensive manhunt was already under way when police closed in on the Subirats area, close to Sant Sadurní d'Anoia.
Bomb disposal officers went to the scene and used a robot to examine the fake explosive belt. This led to some delay before Abouyaaqoub could be officially identified.


The Catalan police said the operation was still under way and Cadena Ser radio reported that an extensive search was continuing for another man and a van.


Local residents described to AFP seeing some 20 police cars heading for the scene and helicopters circling.

 
At an earlier news conference, police described how after the Barcelona attack Abouyaaqoub made his escape on foot to the outskirts of the city where he hijacked a car.


CCTV footage in Spanish media appears to show him walking through a market district shortly after the attack.


Some 90 minutes after mowing down dozens of people on the central Las Ramblas avenue, Abouyaaqoub fled to the city's university district, police said.


Abouyaaqoub is alleged to have hijacked the car before driving it through a police checkpoint and later abandoning the vehicle. Police say he may have crossed into France.


The male driver of the car, Pau Pérez, 34, from Vila Franca, was found stabbed to death in the back seat, becoming the 15th victim of the Barcelona bloodshed and a later attack in the resort of Cambrils.


A woman died in Cambrils when a car was driven into pedestrians and five suspected jihadists were killed at the scene by police.




BBC         News.