Barcelona attackers were planning something even bigger, says suspect

Barcelona remains in shock after last week's attacks

Barcelona remains in shock after last week's attacks

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The group suspected of carrying out last week's double terror attack in Barcelona were plotting something even bigger, one of them has admitted today.

Mohamed Houli made the revelation as he and three fellow alleged conspirators appeared individually before Spain's High Court.

Houli, who was injured in an explosion in nearby Tarragona the night before the attack, appeared along with Driss Oukabir, Mohammed Alla and Salh el Karim to face individual interrogations from judge Fernando Andreu and prosecutor Ana Noe.

All four men are suspected of being part of the terror cell which planned the attacks on Las Ramblas and in the nearby town of Cambrils.

Oukabir's brother, Moussa, is thought to have rented the van used to mow down tourists on Las Ramblas before being killed by police in the subsequent attack on Cambrils. Aalla is the owner of the Audi A3 which was used in the second attack, while El Karim is the owner of the flat in Ripoll where the group are thought to have planned the attacks.

Houli was the first to appear before the court, and the prosecutor recommended he be remanded without bail.

The prosecutor has recommended unconditional incarceration for the four men, without bail.

Younes Abouyaaqoub, the man thought to have driven the van in Las Ramblas, was shot dead by police in the town of Subirats yesterday.

It is believed that the group were radicalised in Ripoll by an Imam called Abdelbaki Es Satty, who was killed in the explosion which left Houli injured.