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A terror cell that was responsible for the deadly terror attack in Barcelona had 120 gas canisters and planned to use them in vehicle attacks, Spanish police say.
The cannisters were found at a house used by the terror group that blew up in the Spanish town of Alcanar on Wednesday night.
Officers believe the group wanted to fill three rental vans with explosives to carry out another atrocity on Spanish streets.
Reports in the Spanish press also surfaced on Sunday the group were planning to blow up Barcelona’s iconic Segrada Familia basilica, as details of the horrific crimes planned by the terror group continue to emerge.
Police also identified two bodies in the wreckage, with Spanish media speculating the two may be Youssef Aallaa, the brother of one of the suspected jihadists killed at Cambrils, and Abdelbaki Es Satty, an imam said to be the spiritual ringleader of the group.
The search is still on for Younes Abouyaaqoub, a 22-year-old Moroccan named as the suspected driver of the van used in the massacre on Las Ramblas that left 13 dead and at least 120 injured on Thursday.
A police official said all three vans were rented using the credit card of Abouyaaquoub, who remains at large and is the focus of a manhunt in north-east Spain.
Police reportedly believe the terrorists wanted to load three vans with explosives for a big attack, but their plans changed after the house in Alcanar blew up.
Spanish interior minister Juan Ignacio Zoido said five members of the cell were shot dead, four were in custody and as many as two were killed in an explosion.
He said no new attacks were imminent, the country’s terrorist threat alert will be maintained at level four, and security at popular events and tourist sites around the country will be reinforced.
Mossos, Catalonia’s police force, said the cell involved 12 people and they were still looking for one who fled, but they had yet to confirm the identities of those killed in the explosion.
Meanwhile, mourners gathered for a mass in Barcelona where King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia joined politicians at the Sagrada Familia basilica to honour the 14 people killed and all those injured in the attacks.
Catalan authorities said they have identified some of the victims of the attack in Barcelona as Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Spanish-Argentine and American.
The victim of the second assault in Cambrils – bringing the death toll to 14 – has been identified as a Spanish woman.
Family members and government officials have said a Belgian and a Canadian are also among the dead following the attack in Barcelona.
On Friday it emerged another suspect, Moussa Oukabir, who is thought to have rented the van, was among five men shot dead as they launched a second attack in the coastal town of Cambrils.
The teenager, said to be 17 or 18, is suspected of using his brother’s documents to hire the vehicle that ploughed through pedestrians in the tourist hotspot on Thursday evening.
He reportedly died along with Said Aallaa, 19, and Mohamed Hychami, 24, who were part of a group that mounted a similar attack in Cambrils that left one woman dead and six people injured.
The identities of the other two dead attackers are yet to be confirmed by police.
Four men, aged 21, 27, 28 and 34, who were arrested in connection with the attack remain in custody.
Additional reporting by Press Association
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