Spanish media outlets reported that the terrorist who murdered 13 people during the car-ramming attack in Barcelona has been eliminated by local law enforcement. The local police announced earlier that it shot a man wearing a fake explosive belt and later identified him as Younes Abouyaaqoub.
Manhunt after Barcelona terrorist
Spanish media outlets reported that 22-year-old Moroccan native Younes Abouyaaqoub, who is suspected of driving a commercial vehicle which he utilized to carry out the terror attack in Barcelona, was eliminated today (Monday) by police forces. Earlier today, Spanish law enforcement confirmed reports that it shot and killed a man who was wearing a fake explosive belt and shouted “Allahu Akbar” in western Barcelona, but could not immediately identify him as Abouyaaqoub.
Police sappers utilized a robot in order to remove the explosive belt and close in on the body, which led them to a positive identification.
Earlier today, the Catalonia Police Chief declared that law enforcement was successfully able to retrace the steps of Abouyaaqoub following the terror attack. Abouyaaqoub ran from the scene of the terror attack by foot, stabbed a driver to death, stole his car and crashed into a police blockade while attempting to flee. Afterwards, the vehicle containing the stabbed driver was located and as a result, the death toll of the terror attacks rose to 15. Furthermore, all of the victims from the Spanish terror attacks have been identified, according to the local police.
The suspect in the Barcelona car-ramming attack Photo Credit: Sky News/Channel 2 News
As reported earlier by JOL, the police chief also stated that the imam who was the spiritual driving force behind the terror cell in Catalonia, Abdelbaki Es Satty, was killed in an explosion the day before the Barcelona terror attack. Es Satty lived in Ripoll, where the terrorists also resided. It is believed that his views were radicalized when he was in prison serving a two-year sentence for drug convictions alongside one of the terrorists who carried out the 2004 Madrid train bombings.