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21 August 2017

Barcelona attacks: Hunt for key suspect extended across Europe

A set of three images showing a figure wearing sunglasses walking through Barcelona's streetsImage copyright
El Pais

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CCTV footage appears to show Abouyaaqoub fleeing the attack on foot

The hunt for the driver who killed 13 people in last week’s attack in Barcelona has been extended across Europe, Catalan officials say.

Police say they have now confirmed the driver’s identity, but would not reveal his name.

But Catalan official Joaquim Forn told local radio: “Everything suggests the van driver is Younes Abouyaaqoub”.

Authorities say they cannot rule out the possibility that he has slipped across the border to France.

New CCTV footage appears to show him fleeing the scene of the attack on foot.

Three images in El Pais newspaper allegedly show the man walking through La Boqueria market, wearing sunglasses, as he passes other people heading away from Las Ramblas.

Police say they are investigating the possibility that, some 90 minutes later, the suspect stabbed and killed a Spanish man and stole his car.

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AFP/Getty

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Younes Abouyaaqoub, 22, has emerged as the main suspect in the Barcelona attack

Yesterday, Catalan police chief Josep Lluis Trapero said that of the 12 suspects, only one – assumed to be Abouyaaqoub – remained at large.

Four were under arrest and there were two sets of human remains to be identified, he said. Five were killed during the second attack in Cambrils.

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