nish police say the main suspect in the Barcelona van attack has been shot dead. The man allegedly confronted police with what seemed to be an explosives belt. A bomb disposal unit was deployed at the scene, but it later turned out to be a fake. The incident taking place in an area west of Barcelona.
Authorities called to the area after being alerted by a member of the public. On Monday, Younes Abouyaaqoub was named by police as the driver of the van. The Moroccan-born 22 year old is believed to have rammed the vehicle into pedestrians on Las Ramblas last Thursday, killing 13 people and injuring 120 more.
It's thought he then fled the scene on foot, later stabbing a man to death and taking his car to escape. Authorities since scrambling to locate those involved. Abouyaaqoub is believed to have belonged to a cell of 12 who were responsible for the Barcelona attack. And a second incident hours later further down the coast in Cambrils, when five men wearing fake explosive belts were shot dead by police after ramming holiday makers with a car and stabbing others, killing one woman and injuring a handful more.
This home near Barcelona thought to be the cell's base, more than 100 butane gas cylinders were found there. Leading authorities to believe the cell had planned to carry out one or more large scale bombings in Barcelona. Evidence emerged on Sunday that alleged members of the Catalan Cell had traveled to other European countries.
Belgium, Switzerland, and France all investigating possible links. Family members have said Abouyaaqoub turned more conservative within the past year, but are shocked at his alleged involvement alongside his brother and two cousins.