Published On: Sun, Aug 20th, 2017

PICTURED: Humble bolthole of Barcelona jihadi cell ringleader imam being hunted by police


The small condominium in Ripoli, 62miles north of Barcelona close to the French border, is the place Spanish authorities suppose Abdelbaki Es Satty brainwashed the group of younger Moroccans who ploughed a automotive into individuals on the favored Las Ramblas tourist-strip on Thursday afternoon.

A complete of 13 individuals had been killed within the Catalan capital and one other girl was killed in close by Cambrils by members of the identical group, with Islamic State (ISIS) claiming duty for the joint assaults. 

Investigators imagine Es Satty was killed in an explosion at a house in Alcanar, southwest of Barcelona, which police imagine the suspects had been utilizing as a base.

They’re virtually sure the explosion was a mistake because the group tried to make explosives with 120 butane gasoline cylinders and triacetate triperoxide (TATP), often known as Mom of Devil, discovered within the stays of the home.

Locals mentioned Es Satty was final seen on Tuesday and is about 40-years-old.

His flatmate additionally mentioned Es Satty left his residence on Tuesday telling him he was going to Morocco, and had not heard from him since.

Police raided the flat on Saturday, with a search warrant confirming the flat belonged to a person named Abdelbaki Es Satty.

He began instructing in mosques in Ripoli and the native space in 2015 and was a part of the native Muslim neighborhood which quantities to about 500 individuals out of a inhabitants of 10,000 within the quiet rural city on the foothills of the Pyrenees.

His neighbours mentioned his teachings about Islam weren’t radical.

He was well-known for instructing a Moroccan-dialect Arabic to youngsters and was a really quiet man, neighbours added.

Photographs of the within of the imam’s flat confirmed a really fundamental residing house, with a photograph of a mosque on the wall and a mattress on the lounge ground.

Sheets of cardboard with two units of footprints reduce out had been positioned on the ground together with sheets of paper strewn throughout a espresso desk.

Ali Yassime, president of the mosque had been Es Satty preached, mentioned he had not seen the imam since June when he mentioned he was going again to Morocco for 3 months.

Spanish police are nonetheless looking for a suspect, Moroccan-born Younes Abouyaaqoub, 22, who they imagine might have pushed the van down Las Ramblas.

They mentioned they may not run out he had slipped over the border into France.

Catalan police chief Josep Lluis Trapero, mentioned: “We have no particular info on this but it surely can’t be dominated out.”

Abouyaaqoub’s mom Hannou Ghanimi, chatting with reporters,

urged her son to present himself as much as police, saying she most well-liked him being in jail to being lifeless.

The assaults had been the deadliest in Spain for greater than a decade. In little greater than a yr, militants have used automobiles as weapons to kill practically 130 individuals in France, Germany, Britain, Sweden and Spain.

4 individuals have been arrested up to now in reference to the assaults – three Moroccans and a citizen of Spain’s North African enclave of Melilla.


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