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Last Updated Friday January 19 2018 02:54 PM IST

Barcelona suspects' photos released, hunt on for driver

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Spain Barcelona attack Three of the suspects have been shot dead while one is still at large.

Barcelona: Spanish police Saturday released the names of three Moroccans suspected of deadly terror attacks and who were shot dead overnight by security forces in the seaside resort of Cambrils.

Catalonia's regional police identified them as Moussa Oukabir, 17, Said Aallaa, 18, and Mohamed Hychami, 24. Police said they were searching for a fourth suspect, Younes Abouyaaqoub, aged 22, believed to be the mastermind and the driver of the truck that mowed down pedestrians in Las Ramblas.

Police yesterday stepped up their investigation into the twin vehicle attacks in Spain that left 14 dead and over 100 more injured in a bustling tourist area of Barcelona and the nearby seaside resort of Cambrils.

The attacks claimed victims and wounded from three dozen countries.

Of the 12 people police suspect of involvement in the attacks, five were shot dead by security forces in Cambrils and another four have been arrested, said Josep Lluis Trapero of Catalonia's police during a television interview late Friday.

Barcelona Cambrilis attack The car on a tow truck is seen where the police investigate the scene of an attack in Cambrils, south of Barcelona, Spain: Reuters

The three remaining suspects have been identified but have not been detained, he added.

Police suspect two of them may have died in a blast at a house in Alcanar, about 200 kilometres south of Barcelona, where the group is believed to have been preparing explosive devices.

Officers have found "the remains of two different people, we are working to prove that they are two of these three people who have been identified," said Trapero.

Earlier Friday the police also said that explosions were being planned in several parts of Barcelona but were forced to opt more rudimentary attacks since the plans went awry following the blast.

Xenophobia has been whipped up by the first IS attack in Spain and public marches witnessed sign boards reading "No More Mosques" or "Refugees not welcome anymore".

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