Three men are in custody, five have been shot dead, and at least one remains at large following two, linked terrorist attacks in Spain.
Police and security services across the country said they were hunting for Moroccan, Moussa Oukabir, 18, who was suspected of being involved in the van attack on Las Ramblas, in which at least 14 people were killed.
Oukabir’s older brother, Driss, 28, was reportedly held by police in his hometown of Ropill, around 65 miles north of Barcelona.
Police are investigating if Moussa could have rented the van used in the attack using his older brother’s documents and ID.
Security services say the 18-year-old fled on foot after careening down the avenue, zigzagging the vehicle to cause maximum damage, and presently remains at large.
Spanish media reported that two years ago, Moussa Oukabir made a statement of apparent violent intent against non-Muslims on social media. He posted online that he wanted to “kill the infidels and only allow Muslims to continue the religion.” The message was posted on the social media site Kiwi. Oukabir, with the username @moussastreetboy, posted the comment in reply to the question: “In your first day as king or queen of the world, what would you do?”
The Facebook pages of both brothers were removed overnight. Moussa’s showed that he was from Ibiza, lived in Ripoll, the same town as his older brother, and alleged that he studied at the University of Barcelona and worked for Coca-Cola. The information remains unverified.
Sources from Catalonia’s government told The Telegraph that Driss spent one month in custody in Figueres prison as a suspect of sexual abuse, before being released in 2012.
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