Two attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils carried out by 12-strong terror cell; Islamic State claims responsibility
A suspected Islamist militant cell was behind two linked terrorist attacks in Spain. A van plowed into a crowd of people in Barcelona’s Las Ramblas district on Aug. 17th, 2017 and another vehicular attack was carried out in the Catalan town of Cambrils on Aug. 18th, 2017. The former attack killed 14 people and injured more than 100 other individuals at the scene, whereas police thwarted the attack in Cambris by fatally shooting five people within the vehicle as they drove their car towards pedestrians. One woman was killed and six more were injured in this attack.
Police found what appeared to be a getaway vehicle on the evening of Aug. 17, 2017 in a small town near Barcelona, Vic.
On the same evening, a 15th victim of the Barcelona attack, Pau Pérez, was stabbed to death by the suspected assailant and his car was hijacked.
The notorious terror group, Islamic State, claimed responsibility for the attacks, claiming via the group’s Amaq news agency that the attackers committed bloodshed “as a response to calls to target coalition states.” Spain is a member of United States-led coalition tasked with fighting the Islamic State and has several hundred military personnel in Iraq training locals in their conflict with the Islamic State. However, it is currently unknown to what degree the Islamic State directly worked with the attackers.
The attackers were believed by police to be linked to a house in the town of Alcanar, which blew up on the night of Aug. 16, 2017. One hundred and twenty gas canisters were found at he house, possibly containing butane, which police believe would have been used in the attacks to inflict more casualties had the house not apparently accidentally blown up that night. The police believe the house explosions forced the attackers to haphazardly accelerate their plans and carry out more basic -- non explosive -- attacks as swiftly as possible.
The terror cell behind the attacks numbered 12 individuals and many were believed to have been radicalized by Imam Abdelbaki Es Satty in the town of Ripoll. According to police, eight of those suspects are dead and four are in custody.
The lead suspect in the van attack in Barcelona, Moroccan-born Younes Abouyaaquob, was shot dead by police 25 miles west of Barcelona while wearing a fake bomb vest.
The individuals shot dead in the vehicular attack in Cambrils were Said Aallaa, Moussa Oukabir, Houssaine Abouyaaqoub, (Younes’s brother), Omar Hychami, and Mohamed Hychami.
Police arrested Driss Oukabir, (Moussa’s brother), Mohamed Houli Chemlal, Salah al-Karib, and Mohammed Aallaa.
The human remains of two individuals were found at the Alcanar house explosion: the Ripoll imam, Abdelbaki Es Satty, and the presumed remains of Youssef Aallaa, brother of Said Aallaa who was shot dead by police in the Cambrils attack."
-- August 23, 2017
Alexander Ross, PhD ABD.
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