The driver of a van which ploughed into pedestrians on a busy Barcelona boulevard on Thursday local time, killing 13 and injuring hundreds more – including four Australians – is now believed to be Moroccan-born 22-year-old Younes Abouyaaqoub.

Abouyaaqoub is thought to be alive and on the run from police.

The man previously reported as the suspect, teenager Moussa Oukabir, has been revealed to be one of the five men killed by police after a subsequent vehicle attack in Cambrils, west of Barcelona, which killed one woman and injured six.

Spanish police on Friday said that the suspects were planning a much larger scale attack, intending to use explosive devices, but they believe the suspects’ materials detonated prematurely in Alcanar, southwest of Barcelona, on Wednesday night.

That detonation is reported to have killed one man, and seriously injured another, who has since been arrested.

Three people have also been arrested in Ripoll, north of Barcelona, where Abouyaaqoub lived.

Oukabir is still suspected of using identity documents belonging to his brother, Driss, to rent the van used in the attack, as well as a second van thought to be the getaway vehicle, found in Vic, also north of Barcelona.

Two Australian women seriously injured in the attacks are currently in hospital, receiving treatment. Two Victorian men have been released from hospital, while seven-year-old Julian Cadman remains missing.

Source: BBC
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