Barcelona_Spain : Police were on Saturday searching for the driver of a van that plowed into a crowd in Barcelona, killing 13 people, but the government said the suspected Islamist militant cell behind the attack had been dismantled.
Police have arrested four people in connection with the attack in Barcelona on Thursday and another in the Catalan seaside town of Cambrils, where a woman was killed when a car rammed passersby early on Friday.
Police shot dead five attackers in Cambrils and said they were wearing fake explosive belts and had an axe and knives in the vehicle.
None of the five are believed to be the driver who sped into Las Ramblas, leaving a trail of dead and injured among the crowds of tourists and local residents strolling in the Barcelona boulevard.
Catalan police said they were still looking for a man identified by the mayor’s office in the town of Ripoll, where several of the suspected attackers lived, as 22-year-old Younes Abouyaaqoub.
Spanish media reported that Abouyaaqoub was the driver of the van in Barcelona but the police could not confirm it.
The Spanish government said it now considered the cell behind the attacks out of action, though police in Catalonia would not confirm this.
Source : Reuters
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