Police Still Searching for Driver in Barcelona Attack

panish police set up 800 checkpoints in the Catalonia region over the  weekend, as they continued to search for the man who drove a white van  into the crowd on a sidewalk in the popular tourist area of Las Ramblas,  killing 13 and wounding more than 100. Spanish media have named a  Moroccan-born 22-year-old, Younes Abouyaaqoub, as the suspect, and  believe he has potentially crossed the border into France. 

Authorities  also raided the home of Abdelbaki Essati, a mosque employee in Ripoll  who is believed to have potentially overseen the terrorist cell whose  members also attempted a second vehicle attack in Cambrils less than 24  hours after the Las Ramblas incident that killed one woman. 

Five  suspected terrorists, who wore explosive belts that turned out to be  fake, were shot dead by police in connection with the Cambrils incident.  Spanish police also now suspect that the cell was planning a more  extensive attack, but changed course after an explosion last Wednesday  destroyed a bomb factory owned by the group. 

Source:  The New York Times

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