Three people allegedly linked to the terror jihadist group Barcelona were arrested in France. The Spanish Interior Ministry says the three men are suspected of having links with one of Barcelona's terror suspects that took place in August 2017.
Reported by AFP, the arrest took place on Tuesday (20/2/2018). The Spanish Interior Ministry said the arrest began with a joint operation between Spanish and French police, which took place in southern and southwestern France.
The three men were arrested for alleged links with Driss Oukabir, a Moroccan citizen who was a tenant in a van terror of Barcelona. Oukabir was arrested shortly after the incident, and the ISIS claimed that the man was their group.
To note, a total of 16 people died when the van hit a crowd of people in La Rambla, Barcelona. Hours later, a similar attack occurred in Cambrils.
Before the terror of the van, there was an explosion in a house on the outskirts of Barcelona. The house was suspected to be a bomb assembly plant that would have been used by terrorists.
Spanish local media reported, El Pais, as reported by The Telegraph, Friday (18/08/2017), the explosion occurred in a house located in the town of Alcanar , which is 193 kilometers south of the city of Barcelona, on Wednesday night (16/8) local time.
The explosion was originally thought to be a gas explosion. The house that was hit by the blast was badly damaged and flattened to the ground. Police found a woman was killed inside the house, with seven others injured. The identity of the dead woman was not released to the public. As reported by CNN, the dead woman is known to be a citizen of Spain and not in the radar of the local police.
Inside the house, police also found about 20 butane and propane gas canisters. The house is believed to have been occupied by several people in recent months. The head of the Catalan Police, Josep Lluis Trapero, said it was still investigating whether the people inside the house were 'preparing an explosive'.
The police chief of the Catalan Police, Josep Lluis Trapero, Firefighters who were deployed to the site believed the 'heap' of gas in the house that had triggered the explosion. "The explosion is very loud and investigators found human remains," explained a local police source.
(gbr / ams)