THE Barcelona terror cell were planning to blow up the Sagrada Familia, a suspect has told court.
Mohamed Houli Chemlal, one of the four suspects arrested, admitted the gang planned to detonate a bomb at the iconic cathedral.
Their plans were thwarted when an explosion ripped through a house in Alcanar where the bomb material was stored, killing two of the group.
Houli, 21, was the first suspect to appear before a Madrid court before being remanded in custody.
He also confirmed that the group had been radicalised by Abdelbaki Es Satty, an imam from Ripoll who died in last Wednesday’s blast.
Of the other three arrested suspects, Driss Oukabir, 27, was also remanded in custody with Sahal el Karib held for a further 72 hours with Mohammed Aallaa, 27, freed.