Barcelona attack: Spain says terror cell dismantled
Barcelona attack: Spain says terror cell dismantled
Catalan official says it's too early to say terrorist cell was destroyed
22 August, 2017, 22:25
"The cell has been completely dismantled", he said, speaking of the group that is believed to have consisted of at least 12 young men, many of them Moroccan, some teenagers.
Interior minister Juan Ignacio Zoido said areas deemed to be potential terror targets would be given special protection.
Police check a drain outside a hospital where Spain's King Felipe is due to visit some of the injured victims of the van attack in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017.
"What happened in Cambrils allows us to say that a very strong blow has been inflicted on the (terrorist) cell, but right now we can not say that it has been completely dismantled", Interior Minister Joaquim Forn said.
Catalan emergency services said people of 34 different nationalities were killed or injured in Barcelona and Cambrils.
The Spanish Government has said it will increase security at tourist sites across the country following last week's terror attacks.
The Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia is reporting that the fugitive suspect in the Barcelona van attack has been captured.
Officials also announced a series of controlled explosions on Saturday in Alcanar, where the attacks were planned from a rented house, which was destroyed in a blast on Wednesday.
Some reports indicated that the driver is 17-year-old Moussa Oukabir who was among the five terrorists shot in Cambrils in the early hour of Friday, while others said the driver could have been Younes Abouyaaqoub, who is one of four terrorists still at loose.
Of the 126 people injured, 12 are critical and 25 have "major injuries".
"The alleged cell responsible for the attacks had been "dismantled" and its all members are arrested", Independent quoted Zoido as saying.
Police authorities in Catalonia said that they are ruling out the possibility that the van's driver would join the group that carried out the attack in Cambrils. Three people have been arrested in Ripoll, and one in Alcanar.
Hours later, police shot dead five people who drove a auto into people in Cambrils, killing one and injuring six.
Moussa Oukabir's older brother, Driss Oukabir, is reported to be one of those detained.
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Eight other members of the alleged cell are dead - two were killed in the Alcanar explosion and six were later shot by police. Speaking anonymously in line with court rules, she said the testimony would be in Spanish without interpreters.
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