European manhunt on for main suspect in Barcelona van terror attack

Younes Abouyaaqoub may have fled Catalunya, police reveal

LAST UPDATED: 21 Aug, 2017 @ 10:38

THE main suspect in the Barcelona terror van attack is being hunted across Europe.

Younes Abouyaaqoub,22, is alleged to have been the driver in Thursday’s massacre in which 13 people were killed and 100 wounded.

SUSPECT: European manhunt on for Younes Abouyaaqoub

Catalan authorities have revealed he may have fled Catalunya despite police mounting over 800 roadblocks.

“This person is no longer just being sought in Catalunya but in all European countries, this is an effort by European police,” Joaquim Forn, the Catalan interior minister, said.

Police chief Josep Lluís Trapero  said it was possible Abouyaaqoub had escaped to France.

Stills from CCTV have been published showing a slim man, believed to be Abouyaaqoub, calmly walking away from the scene of the Las Ramblas carnage.

Police also revealed they had no prior warning about the 12-man terror cell’s plans, despite reports US authorities had advised them an attack was imminent.

Five of the gang were shot dead in Cambrils, and police believe two more died in an explosion in Alcanar on Wednesday.


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