Police Investigate Whether Barcelona Driver Was Killed

Moussa Oukabir may have been killed by police
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 18, 2017 2:46 PM CDT
Personal belongings lie in a room after a police raid on the house of the Oukabir family where Driss Oukabir and Moussa Oukabir, two possible suspects lived in Ripoll, north of Barcelona, Spain, Friday,...   (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
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(Newser) – A police union official says he has been told that Moussa Oukabir, one of the main suspects in the Barcelona and Cambrils van attacks, was killed by officers in Cambrils early Friday. Spanish media are also reporting that Oukabir, 17, was killed and say he is the driver of the van that plowed into scores of pedestrians in Barcelona on Thursday, killing 13 people and wounding 120 others, the AP reports. A spokesman for Catalonia regional police said authorities were investigating whether the driver had been killed but would not say if they suspected this was Oukabir.

The official with a union for Spain's Civil Guard police force told the AP that police colleagues confirmed Oukabir was one of five suspects killed by Catalan regional police officers early Friday in an attack on a seaside resort. The union official says Oukabir was one of four suspects for whom a court has issued warrants. He is also believed to be the younger brother of Driss Oukabir, one of the four people arrested since the attacks. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to disclose the information. (Read more Barcelona stories.)

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