Published: Mon, August 21, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Barcelona grieves terror victims in Sagrada Familia mass

Barcelona grieves terror victims in Sagrada Familia mass

Spain's King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia attended the mass, along with Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to mourn the 14 people killed in the twin terror attacks. Police shot and killed the five attackers, some of whom were wearing fake explosive belts.

Auxiliary Bishop Sebastia Taltavull called for peace and coexistence and prayed for a quick recovery for the more than 100 people injured on Thursday when a van plowed into pedestrians on Barcelona's popular Las Ramblas promenade, killing 13.

Police are hunting Younes Abouyaaqoub is the suspected driver in the van attack.

Spanish Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido says the terror cell behind the attacks has been "broken" but police are still searching for the driver responsible for the Barcelona attack.

The Islamic State (IS) group claimed responsibility for the attack, believed to be its first in Spain.

French officials have increased security on the border with Spain amid fears the the Moroccan terrorist - who is believed to be the ringleader of the terror cell- could slip into the country.

Investigators have been homing in on the small town of Ripoll, at the foot of the Pyrenees, where numerous suspects - including Abouyaaqoub - lived.

But Spanish daily El Pais, quoting police sources, said the imam might have been one of those killed in an explosion in a home in Alcanar, about 200 kilometres (120 miles) south of Barcelona, where the alleged jihadists were believed to have been building bombs.

Authorities are also trying to determine the role of an imam, Abddelbaki Es Satty, who is suspected of radicalizing the young men - some of them teenagers - who carried out this week's attacks. Most of the members in the cell were also from Ripoll.

Back in Morocco, Moussa and Driss's father Said broke down, surrounded by relatives.

Anadolu Agency via Getty Images Memorials for the victims of the terror attacks take place in Barcelona.

Catalan authorities have already revealed that the terrorist network planned a much bigger atrocity than the ones which unfolded in Barcelona and Cambrils Thursday and Friday.

On Friday it emerged that one of the men, Moussa Oukabir, is thought to have rented the van used in the Barcelona attack.

Catalonia's emergency services have said that as of today 54 people remain in the hospital, 12 of them in critical condition, from both attacks.

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