Spanish police hunt for suspected Barcelona van driver

Armed police officers stand in Las Ramblas, Barcelona, Spain, on Friday, (AP photo)

BARCELONA, Spain — Spanish police have put up scores of roadblocks across the northeast in their manhunt for the suspected driver of the van that ploughed into pedestrians in Barcelona, killing 13 people and injuring over 120.

Police in Catalonia are searching Sunday for Younes Abouyaaquoub, a 22-year-old Moroccan suspected of carrying out the attack Thursday claimed by the Islamic State group. Local media says the manhunt is concentrating on the towns of Ripoll and Manlleu.

The investigation is also focusing on a missing imam who police believe could have died in a massive house explosion Wednesday. Police believe Abdelbaki Es Satty radicalised the young men in the extremist cell, which may have accidentally blown up a house in the seaside town of Alcanar.

 

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