Imam planned to blow himself up at Barcelona monument, judge told

The Audi A3 seized by police in Cambrils where five members of the terror cell were shot dead was caught by a speed camera on its way to Paris days before the Barcelona attack

The Audi A3 seized by police in Cambrils where five members of the terror cell were shot dead was caught by a speed camera on its way to Paris days before the Barcelona attack

Four suspects arrested in connection with last week's deadly van attack in Barcelona are scheduled to appear in court Tuesday, a day after police shot and killed the man they say was the van's driver.

The accused - believed to be the only surviving members of a 12-strong terror cell which is thought to have planned and executed the rampages in Barcelona and Cambrils - were brought to the High Court in Madrid.

The judge gave himself three more days to decide if the fourth suspect, Salh El Karib - who manages a store that allows people to make calls overseas - should be remanded or released from custody. Andreu will decide whether the four should be jailed or released.

The judge said there was enough evidence to hold Mohamed Houli Chemlal, 21, and Driss Oukabir, 28, on preliminary charges of causing homicides and injuries of a terrorist nature and of belonging to a terrorism organization.

The eighth member of the group, Younes Abouyaaqoub, was shot dead by police in the town of Subirats on Monday.

Houli Chemlal's testimony is considered key to understanding the motivations of the 12-man cell as he is the lone survivor of a blast Wednesday that destroyed a house in Alcanar, south of Barcelona, where police believe the cell was preparing explosives for an even bigger attack on the city.

Investigators also recovered butane bombs, TATP and several ISIS-related documents inside the house, including plane tickets to Brussels, Belgium, the document says.

According to another person who attended Tuesday's interrogation, Oukabir told the prosecutor that his first version of events - telling police his documents were stolen by his brother - was something he had done out of fear.

Chemlal, who told the court he regretted his part in the plot, said Es Satty, the imam in Ripoll, the small town in northeastern Spain where numerous group came from, led the cell, according to the sources.

Speaking anonymously in line with court rules, the court official said Chemlal answered questions, but gave no details of what the suspect said in court. Another person was stabbed to death in Barcelona as an attacker made his getaway.

The sighting of the car in the French capital has prompted fears that the jihadis had links with terror groups in France
The sighting of the car in the French capital has prompted fears that the jihadis had links with terror groups in France

The suspected perpetrator had reportedly changed his clothes, walked by night and hid during the day, the paper said citing sources involved in the investigation.

The attacks killed at least 15 people and wounded over 100, with tourists from three dozen countries perishing in the carnage.

The French daily Le Parisien reported on Monday that the vehicle came through the Paris region about a week before Thursday and Friday's attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils that killed 15 people.

Earlier, Spanish police shot dead Barcelona terror suspect Younes Abouyaaqoub, in a dramatic end to a massive manhunt for the Moroccan national who was wearing a fake suicide belt and shouting "Allahu akbar" when he was killed.

Police said that after the attack, Abouyaaqoub had escaped on foot, stabbing to death a man, who was parking his auto, and fleeing in the victim's vehicle.

Owns the Audi A3 used in the Cambrils attack.

Chemlal was born in Melilla, one of Spain's two North African coastal enclaves that have borders with Morocco.

Suspect Driss Oukabir was arrested Thursday in the northeastern town of Ripoll, as were two others identified by Spanish media as Mohammed Aalla and Salh el Karib.

This item has been corrected to show the suspect's surname is Chemlal, sted Chemal.

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