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Barcelona attack: Terror Van Driver Identified

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Barcelona attack: Terror Van Driver Identified

Spanish police now believe the driver of the van that was used to kill 13 and injure more than 130 people in Barcelona on Thursday could still be on the run, local media reports.

A 22-year-old Moroccan national named Younes Abouyaaqoub is at the focus of a new manhunt following the massacre on Las Ramblas, where a van caused carnage by being driven through a crowded pedestrian area.

As the circumstances surrounding the planning of the attack started to become clear, five men were shot by police after a later attack in Cambrils, an hour and a half drive west of Barcelona, on Friday. Those killed included 17-year-old Moussa Oukabir, who Spanish media previously identified as the driver the van.

Now Spanish newspaper El Pais says Catalonia's police are searching for Mr Abouyaaqoub, believed to be a key member of a terror cell who they say planned the attack.

The police believe that explosions reported in the nearby down of Alcanar, two hours drive west of Barcelona, on Wednesday, may have been accidental blast at a bomb-making factory - depriving the alleged terror cell of material.

After the loss of their explosive material the terrorists defaulted to using more low tech methods - the van - to carry out the attack, police now believe.

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