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Police Hunt Focuses on One Suspect in Barcelona Attacks

20 Aug 2017 12:50 pm
By Jeannette Neumann 

BARCELONA -- Spanish authorities said Sunday that one man is still at large in their hunt for those responsible for Thursday's terror attacks in Spain and two of the other at-large suspects had most likely died.

Spanish authorities had indicated Saturday that they suspected two of the three men still unaccounted for in the attack were dead. On Sunday, they said they were more certain that those two -- whom they didn't identify -- had died in an explosion in the town of Alcanar.

Police believe the suspects were building bombs to carry out at least one attack using explosives in Barcelona. Those plans were foiled when the material accidentally exploded on Wednesday night.

Police are now pursuing one person, according to Josep Lluís Trapero, police chief in Catalonia, the region that is home to Barcelona. That person is a 22-year-old Moroccan-born Younes Abouyaaqoub, according a person close to the investigation.

Mr. Abouyaaqoub was living in Ripoll, a town in the foothills of the Pyrenees that has become a focal point in the probe into Spain's deadliest terror attack in more than a decade, the person said.

No one was home at his home in Ripoll on Saturday, and neither he nor his relatives could be located for comment.

On Thursday, a terrorist rammed a van into pedestrians in central Barcelona, killing 13. Hours later, another car plowed into people in a beach town 100 kilometers from Barcelona, killing another person. Mr. Trapero said Sunday police think there was only one person driving the car.

Police killed five people in a shoot-out following the second incident. Four others have been arrested.

Write to Jeannette Neumann at jeannette.neumann@wsj.com

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

August 20, 2017 08:50 ET (12:50 GMT)

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