Several terrorist suspects have been killed in the Spanish town of Cambrils, some 120 kilometers from Barcelona, where a terrorist suspect drove a rented vehicle on a road full of tourists from different countries around the world. As many as 13 people lost their lives in the macabre incident, while more than 100 people have been injured.
ISIS or Daesh has claimed responsibility for the act of terrorism in Spain, nonetheless there is no clarity right now as to whether the terrorist organization was behind attack or just claimed the responsibility.
In the meantime Spanish police said that they have killed the alleged perpetrators of a suspected “terrorist attack” in the town of Cambrils, south of Barcelona.
In a Twitter post, Catalan police said, “We are working on the hypothesis that events in Cambrils respond to a terrorist attack. We have killed its alleged perpetrators”.
In the meantime there is a confusion about the person arrested by the police in relation to the Barcelona van attack. Initially, the police released photo and identity of the arrested person as Driss Oukabir, a 28-year-old Moroccan man. But later, it came to light that Driss had come forward to a police precinct in Ripoli, Italy, and claimed he had nothing to do with the attack.
Now there are reports that the person arrested might be Driss’ brother Moussa Oukabir, who is 18 and lives in Barcelona. Authorities had not yet confirmed this, either, but it was being widely reported in Spanish and Italian media.
Within hours of the terrorist attack in Barcelona, police authorities had released Driss Oukabir’s photo claiming it to be a suspect. But there was confusion when a man Driss Oukabir went to the police on his own and said that his identity might have been stolen. The man appeared before a police station in Ripoli.
A Spanish newspaper El Pais said in a report, “Investigators believe that it could be his brother who stole the documentation and who may be the one who is really involved in the deaths of the city. Driss’s brother is called Moussa Oukabir, he lives in Barcelona and is 18 years old”.
Another news website CatalunyiaDiari said, “Several sources report that the protagonist of this action was Moussa Oukabir, brother of Driss, 18. The young man lives in Barcelona and is thought to be one of the main authors of the facts. Likewise, the confusion -and the confirmation-that has led Mossos to stop Driss Oukabir can be due to the fact that he was a resident of the penitentiary center of Figueres, where he left in 2012.”
Meanwhile Catalan police chief Josep Luis Trapero said two men had been arrested in connection to the attack, a Moroccan and a Spanish national from the North African Spanish enclave of Melilla. However, a third man believed to have been the driver of the van, was still on the run, Trapero told reporters.
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On the other hand Josep Luis Trapero also said that an explosion which killed one person and destroyed a house in the town of Alcanar, 200km south of Barcelona, on Wednesday night, was “clearly” linked to the attack. However, he said that so far there was no evidence that another incident, in which police shot dead a man after he tried to evade a checkpoint while leaving Barcelona hours after the attack, was connected.
Spain has reportedly announced three days’ of mourning following the major terrorist attack. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, who cut short his holiday to travel to Barcelona, announced three days of official mourning. “We are not only united in mourning. We are above all united in the resolute will to defeat those who want to take away our values and our way of life,” he said.
Meanwhile Moussa has been described by her friends as a normal guy who spoke perfect Catalan. He is said to have called for the killing of “infidels” in a social media post. He is still at large.
His name has come as a shock to Moussa’s friends. One of his female friends, speaking to Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia anonymously, said she was “very surprised by all this” because Moussa was “a normal, nice boy”. She said they studied together and she recalled him being a “a joker who was never nasty, a little quiet and who never had problems.She added: “He had a group of friends, all Moroccans and he spoke perfect Catalan.