Spanish Authorities Continue Hunt For Suspects In Attacks

Elisee Touchard
Août 20, 2017

One of the injured was in critical condition.

Oukabir was killed by police in a separate attack in the Catalan town of Cambrils early Friday.

News reports said Lopardo was an Italian who had immigrated to Argentina in 1950 and was visiting Barcelona.

However, it was confirmed today that Julian died in the attack. The archbishop of Barcelona, Cardinal Joan Josep Omella, said the presence of so many people was a "beautiful mosaic" of unity and urged all to work toward a common objective of "peace, respect, fraternal coexistence and love".

The terror cell behind Spain's deadly twin attacks has been "dismantled", Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido said on Saturday, although local authorities took a more cautious tone.

A determined Luca Russo, 25, already had a job in electronic engineering, no easy feat in Italy, where youth unemployment runs stubbornly high.

Spain has kept its security alert level at four, one notch below the maximum level that would indicate another attack was imminent, but said it would reinforce security in crowded areas and tourist hotspots.

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That attack too was carried out by terrorists who drove into a crowd of Spaniards and foreigners on a pavement in Barcelona's Las Ramblas boulevard.

Police believe imam Abdelbaki Es Satty radicalised the young men in the extremist cell, which may have accidently blown up a house in the quiet seaside town of Alcanar with the explosive material it was collecting.

Venue owners and operators will be given government and police help for security audits of their facilities to determine any weaknesses and develop strategies to strengthen and fortify such places.

Five hours after the horror attack, five armed terrorists wearing fake suicide belts were shot dead by police in the nearby town of Cambrils after carrying out a similar attack. She said she could not find her husband at first, and the friend they were staying with helped her search. "It's huge, huge", she said as she fought back tears. "It's confusing why anybody would want to hurt anybody like that".

But the plans changed after the house where their plot was being hatched blew up.

"We are so blessed to have had him in our lives and will remember his smiles and hold his memory dear to our hearts". "It is a global threat and the response has to be global".

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson expressed condolences to the victim's family. Sitting across oceans, I pray that the bereaved be comforted.

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"In the end Muslims are the main victims, for the deaths as well as for the social pressure", said Xantal Genovart, vice president of the Association of Catalan Muslim women.

A picture of Vanbockrijck now rests on the bar inside the clubhouse.

Police are also still searching for Younes Abouyaaquoub, a 22-year-old Moroccan.

An official said at least eight people may have intended to use gas canisters in Barcelona.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy called the Barcelona horror a "jihadist attack".

He and his mother were in Barcelona to attend the wedding of a cousin from the Philippines, according to Philippines undersecretary Sarah Arriola.

Abauyaaqoub's mother was hospitalized, suffering from stress-related illness.

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