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Monday, August 21

BREAKING NEWS: Barcelona Van Attacker Reportedly Arrested UPDATE 12:30pm EDT

UPDATE

Catalan Police Confirm Man Neutralized Today Was Barcelona Van Attacker - Media
19:03 update August 21, 2017
Sputnik 

The man shot dead in the Spanish town of Subirats is Younes Abouyaaquob, the suspected perpetrator of the terrorist attack in Barcelona, local media reported on Monday.

Earlier in the day, the Mossos d'Esquadra, the Catalan police force, confirmed it had shot dead an individual who appeared to be wearing an explosive belt in Subirats. Local media reported that he appeared to be matching the description of Abouyaaquob. According to El Pais newspaper, citing counterterrorism sources, the man shot in Subirats had "the features of Younes Abouyaaqoub."

According to El Periodico newspaper, the Mossos d'Esquadra confirmed that the individual was indeed Abouyaaquob, after delaying the identifying of his body as it may have been wearing explosives.

Meanwhile, the EFE news agency reported that the explosives were fake.

According to La Vanguardia newspaper, Abouyaaquob was found due to a tip from a local woman who spotted a man resembling him in the early afternoon. He fled after she approached him. She then alerted the authorities who dispatched a patrol.

On Thursday, a van mowed down a crowd of pedestrians in the central Ramblas area in Spain’s tourist resort of Barcelona. The infamous terrorist group Daesh has already claimed responsibility for the attack. Hours after the tragedy, another vehicle attack took place in the coastal town of Cambrils, south of Barcelona. The attack left 15 people dead and some 130 injured.

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SEE ALSO

Barcelona Attack: 'Military Turn', New Terrorist Tactic and Security Flaws; Sputnik, August 21

END UPDATE

17:41 - August 21, 2017
Sputnik

Younes Abouyaaqoub, the man who rammed a van into people in Barcelona last week has been arrested, Spain's La Vanguardia said on Monday.

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