Man Shot Dead in Hunt for Barcelona Suspect

تم نشره في Mon 21 August / Aug 2017. 12:00 AM
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CAPITALS — Police hunting the chief suspect in last Thursday's Barcelona van attack have shot dead a man to the west of the city who appeared to be wearing an explosive belt, Spanish media say.

The shooting is said to have happened on a road in the Subirats area.

Earlier, police confirmed they were hunting for Younes Abouyaaqoub, 22, suspected of driving a van into dozens of people on Las Ramblas.

Some Spanish media are reporting Abouyaaqoub is the man killed.

But Spanish police have yet to officially confirm this.

Media reports quoting police sources said the man targeted in Subirats shouted "Allahu Akbar" ("God is Greatest") when confronted.

The operation took place some 25 miles (40km) from Barcelona, where Thursday's attack on Las Ramblas killed 13.

An extensive manhunt was under way.

El Mundo says police were alerted to a man fitting the description of Abouyaaqoub near a petrol station.

Bomb disposal officers also attended, police say.