SPAIN — The Muslim terrorist who led the Barcelona terror attack last week was shot dead Monday, ending a multi-day, international manhunt.
Spanish police confirmed the Muslim man they confronted in Subirats, a town 30-minutes west of Barcelona, was Younes Abouyaaquoub, the 22-year-old extremist Morrocan authorities believe was the driver who navigated a rental van into pedestrians at Las Ramblas promenade. He killed 14 people and injured 100 others.
Roser Venura, the daughter of a Catalan vineyard owner, told The Associated Press her father alerted police after they saw a car racing through their vineyard. “We heard a helicopter flying around and many police cars coming toward the gas station [near the property],” Venura said.
Spanish police shot Abouyaaquoub, who was reportedly wearing an explosive belt. A bomb disposal robot removed possible explosives to determine if the device was real.
Five terrorists shot dead last week in Spain were wearing fake bomb belts.
According to Fox News, Abouyaaquoub is believed to be the only member of the 12-person terror cell who may have crossed the border into France. Authorities uncovered more evidence the cell was planning to carry out “one or more attacks with explosives” in the Spanish city before their house in Alcanar — believed to be where the weapons were being made — exploded a day before the Barcelona incident.
Police have identified 12 people as part of the extremist cell which coordinated the two vehicle attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils. Other members of the cell have either been arrested, shot by police or killed in the Wednesday night house explosion.
Hours after the Barcelona incident, five extremists rammed a car into pedestrians in the seaside town of Cambrils, killing a woman. The attackers were shot and killed by Spanish police. A man who was stabbed in his car by a terrorist brought the total to 15 people killed.
ISIS claimed responsibility for both attacks.
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