UBIRATS, Spain — The woman who spotted him on Monday afternoon said the young man was wearing unusually bulky clothes for a hot summer day. On a second look, she told the police when she phoned in the tip, she had “no doubt” he was the fugitive suspected of driving the van in last week’s terrorist attack in Barcelona.
Two police officers in the area closed in and cornered the suspect, Younes Abouyaaqoub, 22, along a road that winds its way up through this wine region west of the city.
As soon as they did, he opened his jacket to reveal what looked like a suicide belt — which turned out to be fake — and shouted, “Allah is great.” The officers shot him dead.
Mr. Abouyaaqoub’s killing in the Catalan countryside put an end to a four-day, Europeanwide search for the only unaccounted member of a 12-person terrorist cell that carried out the deadly attacks in Barcelona and a seaside resort last week, killing 15 people and injuring dozens more.
The attacks were Spain’s deadliest terrorist assault since 2004, when terrorists bombed commuter trains in Madrid, killing 191 people.
Mr. Abouyaaqoub is suspected of being behind the wheel of the van that mowed down a crowd on Las Ramblas, Barcelona’s central boulevard, on Thursday. He escaped on foot through the city’s most famous food market, stole a car in the city’s university district, killed the owner with a knife and put the body in the back seat.
He then forced his way through a police checkpoint to reach the outskirts of Barcelona, where he abandoned the car with its owner’s body inside.Read More...
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