Spain attacks: Police find belt with real explosives

Screenshot from Marine Traffic

Screenshot from Marine Traffic

Mohammed Houli Chemlal, a suspect in the recent Barcelona terror attacks, revealed on Tuesday before Madrid's High Court that a more extensive attack had been planned.

But numerous Spanish and worldwide news outlets say multiple suspects testified that a former imam was the mastermind of a failed plot to use explosives in a large-scale attack.

Police shot five during an attack Friday and one more Monday after a manhunt.

Along with two bodies, the more exhaustive search turned up remnants of over 100 butane gas tanks and materials needed for the TATP explosive, which has been used previously by Islamic State militants for attacks in Paris and Brussels, among others.

Police believe Muslim cleric Abdelbakir El-Satty is among those who died in the Alcanar blast.

Abouyaaqoub's brother and friends made up the rest of the 12-man extremist cell. However, the man was killed in the warehouse explosion in Alcanar. However, he insisted the cell had no French links.

Inquiries are likewise emerging about the gathering's conceivable universal associations.

In Belgium, the mayor of the Vilvorde region told Agence France- Presse that Satty spent time in the Brussels suburb of Machelen - next to the city's airport - between January and March previous year.

On the other side of Brussels, the Molenbeek suburb has gained notoriety as a hotbed of global jihadists after the Brussels bombings in March 2016 and the Paris attacks in November 2015.

French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said the vehicle was flashed for speeding outside Paris before the attacks.

Collomb is because of host Spanish partner Juan Ignacio Zoido on Wednesday for talks due to incorporate hostile to fear based oppression collaboration.

Chemlal told the court he regretted his actions, and was the only one of the four arrested over the van assault who admitted being one of the plotters. "These were people who avoided problems, kept their distance when they saw a fight", Saber Oukabir, a cousin of two of the attackers, said.

Chemlal, dressed in hospital pyjamas and with his right hand bandaged, was brought in after a doctor said he was fit for interrogation, a court spokesman told AFP.

The hearing was likely to end in the suspects being remanded in custody while the judge conducts an investigation that could take months or even years before a trial is organized.

Five days on, a clearer picture is rising of the occasions that unfurled a week ago. Officials confirmed the documents were found in one of the vehicles used in the two attacks on pedestrians last week that killed 13 people in Barcelona and one in Cambrils.

While on the run, the 22-year-old wounded to death the driver of an auto he captured to escape.

The Cambrils attack came hours after the Barcelona attack.

Abouyaaqoub, who fatally stabbed another person while fleeing Thursday, is known to have changed clothes, picked up a bag of knives and a fake explosive belt in the time between the Barcelona attack and his death. About 7 p.m., police found the auto and Perez's body 3 kilometers (nearly 2 miles) away from the checkpoint, near Sant Just Desvern, a town west of Barcelona, but Abouyaaqoub was nowhere to be found. They later found that the suicide belt he was wearing was fake, according to the Telegraph.

The victims of the attacks were from three dozen countries, including Australia, China and the United States.

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