According to investigators, Barcelona terrorist Younes Abouyaaqoub had been on the run for 25 miles- hiding during the day and running at night- before he was identified by a civilian who called the police. The terrorist managed to kill one more person, bringing the death toll to 15, before he was finally eliminated by police.
Abouyaaqoub eliminated- photo from the scene Photo Credit: EPA/ Channel 2 News
New details have emerged regarding the events that led to the elimination of 22-year-old Moroccan native Younes Abouyaaqoub. At the end of a 5-day man hunt, the Spanish police located Abouyaaqoub in a rural town west of Barcelona. He was apparently carrying knives on his person and was wearing a fake explosive belt. As the security forces closed in, he reportedly shouted “Allah HuAkbar” before he was shot 20 times by the police.
The police investigation revealed that as he fled from the scene of the car-ramming attack, Abouyaaqoub came across a man parking his car, stabbed him to death and fled with the car- taking the man’s body with him. Shortly afterwards, Abouyaaqoub plowed his car into a police checkpoint and managed to slip away from the police again, this time on foot.
Barcelona terrorist Younes Abouyaaqoub Photo Credit: Sky News/ Channel 2 News
After he abandoned the stolen vehicle in the town of Sant Just Desvern in the outskirts of Barcelona, Abouyaaqoub continued his escape on foot, crossing a distance of 25 miles, until he was finally caught and eliminated. The police investigation reported that Abouyaaqoub had managed to stay hidden by walking during the night and hiding during the day.
Later on, a passerby identified Abouyaaqoub at a gas station from the pictures that had been distributed by the police and warned the authorities. She told police that was aroused her suspicion was that the terrorist was wearing a long-sleeved shirt in 86 degree weather.
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