Hunt is on for Barcelona killers

Po­lice fear at­tack­ers who are still at large could be plan­ning fur­ther strikes

The Daily Telegraph - - Front page - By Martin Evans and Harry Yorke

A HUGE man­hunt was un­der way across Europe last night for at least one ji­hadist feared to be still at large after the Barcelona ter­ror­ist at­tacks.

Po­lice and se­cu­rity ser­vices were search­ing for the re­main­ing mem­bers of a Moroc­can-born ter­ror cell amid fears that they could be pre­par­ing fur­ther atroc­i­ties at pop­u­lar tourist ar­eas.

Au­thor­i­ties an­nounced that the 17-year-old key sus­pect of the Barcelona out­rage, Moussa Ouk­abir, was one of five ter­ror­ists shot dead by po­lice in an at­tack on the coastal re­sort of Cam­brils in the early hours of yes­ter­day.

How­ever, adding to the con­fused re­sponse, the Cat­alo­nia po­lice chief later said that Ouk­abir may still be at large.

Said Aalla, 18, and Mo­hamed Hy­chami, 24, were also named among those shot dead. Four other sus­pects were taken into cus­tody.

Po­lice were last night con­tin­u­ing to appeal for in­for­ma­tion on Younes Abouyaaqoub, 22. There were also re­ports that two fur­ther sus­pects were be­ing sought.

French se­cu­rity said Span­ish po­lice were look­ing for a Re­nault Kan­goo van rented on Thurs­day in Spain by the sus­pects that may have crossed into France.

Se­cu­rity of­fi­cials be­lieve the at­tacks on Barcelona and Cam­brils were the work of a ter­ror cell of at least 12 peo­ple. On Thurs­day af­ter­noon, Ouka- bir and his as­so­ciates drove a van along Barcelona’s crowded Las Ram­blas thor­ough­fare, plough­ing into tourists, leav­ing 13 dead and more than 100 in­jured.

Among those thought to have been killed was a seven-year-old Bri­tish boy, who had been vis­it­ing Barcelona for a fam­ily wed­ding. Ju­lian Cad­man, who was born in Tun­bridge Wells, Kent, but later moved to Aus­tralia, had been on Las Ram­blas with his mother, Ju­marie, when they were mown down.

Mrs Cad­man was last night un­der­stood to be in an in­duced coma, un­aware that her son was missing, feared dead. Her hus­band, An­drew, who had been un­able to at­tend the Cat­alo­nian wed­ding and had stayed at home in Sydney, boarded a flight to Barcelona and was due to land late last night.

Among the other vic­tims was an Ital­ian tourist, Luca Rosso, who was hit as he strolled through the streets with his fi­ancée. An­other Ital­ian, Bruno Gu­lotta, 35, a father of two, was killed in front of his wife and chil­dren.

After car­ry­ing out the at­tack, Ouk­abir is be­lieved to have fled on foot, be­fore hi­jack­ing a Ford Fo­cus car, stab­bing the driver and jump­ing a check­point, in or­der to es­cape. It is be­lieved he then went to the coastal re­sort of Cam­brils, where he met up with four fel­low ji­hadists.

Driv­ing an Audi A3, they trav­elled at speed along the town’s prom­e­nade but crashed and flipped the car.

The ji­hadists left the ve­hi­cle and started to at­tack ter­ri­fied on­look­ers with knives and axes. All of the ji­hadists were shot dead by po­lice who were on the scene as part of height­ened se­cu­rity fol­low­ing the Barcelona at­tack.

De­spite his role as ringleader in the at­tacks, it is not thought that Ouk­abir was pre­vi­ously known to the se­cu­rity ser­vices. But so­cial me­dia ac­counts re­puted to be linked to him con­tained a se­ries of Is­lamist com­ments. In one post, when asked what he would do on his first day as ab­so­lute ruler of the world, he replied: “Kill all in­fi­dels and only al­low Mus­lims to con­tinue the re­li­gion.”

His older brother, Driss, 28, was among four men who were be­ing held on sus­pi­cion of in­volve­ment in the atroc­i­ties.

A huge ex­plo­sion at a house in the town of Al­ca­nar, 120 miles south of Barcelona, in which one man died, was con­nected with the at­tacks.

Po­lice who searched the re­mains of the prop­erty dis­cov­ered a large num­ber of gas can­is­ters which they be­lieve were in­tended to be packed into a ve­hi­cle and driven into crowds. Po­lice chief Josep Lluis Trap­ero said they were plan­ning “a much big­ger atroc­ity” than the one that took place.

Yes­ter­day, Mar­i­ano Ra­joy, the Span­ish prime min­is­ter, King Felipe VI and Car­les Puigde­mont, the pres­i­dent of Cat­alo­nia – where both at­tacks took place – held a minute’s si­lence in Barcelona. It was fol­lowed by the crowd shout­ing “not afraid”.

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