Barcelona attacker named by police as Younes Abouyaaqoub


Younes AbouyaaqoubSpanish police have confirmed the identity of the driver suspected of killing 13 people in last week’s attack in Barcelona.
He is 22-year-old Younes Abouyaaqoub, officials said, and the manhunt has been extended across Europe.
Authorities earlier said they could not rule out the possibility that he had slipped across the border to France.
New CCTV footage from the day of the attack appears to show him fleeing the scene 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. He appears to have been alone at the time.
Two hours after the attack, 34-year-old Pau Pérez from Vila Franca was found dead in his vehicle. He is the 15th person confirmed dead following the two attacks.
Thirteen were killed when the van, allegedly driven by Moroccan-born Abouyaaqoub, swerved through crowds in the busy area Las Ramblas in Barcelona on Thursday, and one woman died during a second attack in Cambrils hours later, in which five attackers were killed by police.

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

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

French media report that the vehicle used in Cambrils had been caught on speed cameras in France’s Essonne region the previous week. But a direct link between the group of attackers in Spain and the car’s appearance in France has not yet been established.

It has now emerged that an imam living in the town of Ripoll, where Abouyaaqoub and several other suspects came from, is suspected of recruiting young people to an extremist cause.

Abdelbaki Es Satty is believed to have been the ringleader of the Barcelona attack
Abdelbaki Es Satty is believed to have been the ringleader of the Barcelona attack

Family members of the dead suspects said they believe Imam Abdelbaki Es Satty radicalised several young people from the town.

A picture is now emerging of Imam Satty as a possible ringleader or key organiser of the 12-strong terror cell, the BBC’s Europe reporter Gavin Lee said.

The imam apparently left the mosque in June for an extended trip to Morocco, but a flatmate told the BBC he had been seen in Ripoll as recently as last Tuesday.


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12 responses to “Barcelona attacker named by police as Younes Abouyaaqoub”

  1. it is obvious that the real villain is Imam Abdelbaki Es Satty. You can tell from reading his facial expression that this SOB shows much hate and contempt. These hate preachers are the types of people the police should be looking for and arresting before they radicalize the young .

  2. Ilami-Gilaki Avatar


    1. Hannibal Avatar

      They look Iranians to me. Arabs are darker.

    2. Niemals Avatar

      Arabs should stay in their own Muslim homelands.
      We don’t need any multiculty society.

  3. Hind Abyad Avatar
    Hind Abyad

    Hebrew. Yunus (also spelled Younes or Younis, Arabic: Younis, Persian:‎, Younes, Turkish: Yunus)
    is a common male given name and the Arabic equivalent of the name Jonah, meaning dove.

    [ 2 syll. ya-cou(b), yac-o-ub ] The baby boy name Yacoub is pronounced as YAEKawB †.
    The origin of Yacoub is the Hebrew language.
    Yacoub is a variant of the name Yakov (Russian, Hebrew, and Slavic Bulgarian).
    A Hebrew variant transcription of YAAKOV. This name may be viewed either as meaning
    “father of many” in Hebrew

    1. Rudy1947 Avatar

      English: Hind, a reference to the posterior of various mammals and Humans. A place where waste is eliminated.

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        Hind Abyad

        YaLibnan spamming hate speech

        “Rudy1947 – Hind Abyad • 6 hours ago
        English: Hind, a reference to the posterior of various mammals and Humans. A place where waste is eliminated.”

        1. Hannibal Avatar

          English: Rudy, a reference to the rudest trolling monkey.

  4. Niemals Avatar

    Police tracked the 22-year-old Younes Abouyaaqoub to a rural area near Barcelona and shot him.
    Abouyaaqoub was wearing a fake explosive belt and yelled out “Allahu Akbar” when he was confronted by police. Four men suspected to be the surviving members of the 12-man group which plotted the August 17 Barcelona attack appeared in court in Madrid on Tuesday.

  5. Hind Abyad Avatar
    Hind Abyad

    Micah 3-New King James Version (NKJV)

    Wicked Rulers and Prophets

    And I said:

    1 Hear now, O heads of Jacob,
    And you rulers of the house of Israel:
    Is it not for you to know justice?

    2 You who hate good and love evil;
    Who strip the skin from My people,[a]
    And the flesh from their bones;

    3 Who also eat the flesh of My people,
    Flay their skin from them,
    Break their bones,
    And chop them in pieces
    Like meat for the pot,
    Like flesh in the caldron.”

    4 Then they will cry to the Lord,
    But He will not hear them;
    He will even hide His face from them at that time,
    Because they have been evil in their deeds.

    5 He will even hide His face from them at that time,
    Because they have been evil in their deeds.
    Thus says the Lord concerning the prophets
    Who puts nothing into their mouths:

    6 “Therefore you shall have night without vision,
    And you shall have darkness without divination;
    The sun shall go down on the prophets,
    And the day shall be dark for them

    7 So the seers shall be ashamed,And the diviners abashed;
    Indeed they shall all cover their lips;
    For there is no answer from God.”

    8 But truly I am full of power by the Spirit of the Lord,
    And of justice and might,
    To declare to Jacob his transgression
    And to Israel his sin.

    9 Now hear this,
    You heads of the house of Jacob
    And rulers of the house of Israel,
    Who abhor justice
    And pervert all equity,

    10 Who build up Zion with bloodshed
    And Jerusalem with iniquity:

    11 Her heads judge for a bribe,
    Her priests teach for pay,
    And her prophets divine for money.
    Yet they lean on the Lord, and say,
    “Is not the Lord among us?
    No harm can come upon us.”

    12 Therefore because of you
    Zion shall be plowed like a field,
    Jerusalem shall become heaps of ruins,
    And the mountain of the temple[b]
    Like the bare hills of the forest.
    And the diviners abashed;
    Indeed they shall all cover their lips;
    For there is no answer from God.”

  6. Niemals Avatar

    One of the surviving Arabs, suspected of last week’s terror attacks in Spain has told a court that a bigger atrocity was planned. Mohamed Houli Chemlal (L) and Driss Oukabir (R) have been charged over the attacks

    The Arab (according to Spanish newspaper El Mundo), Mohamed Houli Chemlal revealed the cell was planning to strike some of Barcelona’s best-known monuments – including the unfinished Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, Sagrada Familia church The Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família.

    The choosing of the target indicates that these Arabs don’t act due to political conviction, their actions is practiced against Christian symbols.

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