SUBIRATS, Spain — The man who is suspected to have killed 13 people in a terror attack in Barcelona was reportedly shot and killed by Spanish police Aug. 21, according to The Christian Post.
Younes Abouyaaquob, a 22-year-old Moroccan national, was wearing a fake suicide belt and had a bag of knives when he was cornered in the town of Subirats after a four-day manhunt by Spanish police.
Abouyaaquob is the suspected driver of a van that plowed into a crowd of pedestrians Aug. 17, killing 14 and injuring more than 100 others. News sources reported that he escaped the original attack by hijacking a car and killing the driver.
He is believed to be a part of an Islamic State (IS) group terrorist cell in the country that claimed responsibility for the attack. IS also claimed responsibility for a second vehicle attack on pedestrians that occurred just hours after the initial attack Aug. 17. All five men in the vehicle that injured six people were later killed by police.
Altogether, of the 12-man IS cell, four are now in custody, six (including Abouyaaquob) were shot and killed by police following attacks and two were killed a house explosion. (TAB)