Police arrest ‘Moroccan’ Barcelona attack suspect who rented van used in terror atrocity

Thursday, August 17, 2017
By Paul Martin

Driss Oukabir has been identified as the man who rented a van used in the attack
At least 13 people died and more than 30 were injured, police confirmed
The atrocity happened this afternoon in Las Ramblas, a busy tree-lined promenade in the centre of the city
A man has been arrested in connection with the attack and being treated as a terror suspect

17 August 2017

One of the vans used in today’s deadly attack in Barcelona was rented by a Moroccan man 15 miles from where the atrocity was committed, Spanish police say.

Driss Oukabir rented the van in the town of Santa Perpètua de Mogoda, investigators have revealed.

A suspect has been arrested and is being treated ‘as a terrorist’, police in Barcelona have confirmed.

His identity has not been confirmed, but reports in Spain say Oukabir is being questioned.

His younger brother has also been arrested, reports Naciodigital – although it is standard procedure to bring family members of terror suspects into custody.

This afternoon’s attack claimed at least 13 lives and left more than 30 injured after a van was driven into crowds in the city’s busy tourist district.

Oukabir was born in Morocco in 1989, police sources have told OkDiaro in Spain.

But a Facebook page with Oukabir’s name – which has since been deleted – identifies him as being from Marseille and living in Ripoll in Catalonia.

His wall has been flooded with angry messages following the attack. On Tuesday he uploaded a picture of himself relaxing on a beach, although the location is not immediately clear.

Police are understood to have made an arrest following the attack, but the suspect has not yet been identified.

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