​Barcelona attack: Spanish authorities pursue manhunt for suspect across Europe

It was a bleak day in Barcelona on Thursday following the terrorist attack which saw over 100 people injured and at least 15 people killed – the death toll including Pau Perez who was found stabbed to death following the initial attack on Thursday.
Fourteen people were killed in the initial attack on Barcelona’s Las Ramblas promenade, and one woman was killed just hours later in Cambrils. Catalan interior minister Joaquim Forn gave the updated figure in a recent news conference and revealing that Perez’s car is believed to have been used by one of the attackers to flee the scene.

Spanish authorities have now managed to identify all 15 victims killed in attacks has now been concluded. Catalan justice minister Carles Mundo confirmed that among the fatalities were eight males, two minors, and seven women.

CCTV images emerged of the suspect at the centre of a Europe-wide manhunt just a few minutes before he is believed to have stabbed the Perez. The Spanish authorities are currently conducting a search for Moroccan-born Younes Abouyaaqoub, 22, who is suspected to be the driver who escaped on foot.The CCTV images show a man, believed to be Abouyaaqoub, fleeing from the scene near Las Ramblas in the wake of the attack. He is believed to have gone on to stab and kill Pau Perez before stealing Perez’s car. He then used car to attempt to flee but was forced to ditch it after coming across a police road block. Authorities have now shared images of Abouyaagoub, urging the public to share in the effort to locate his whereabouts.

A special Mass is due to be held later in memory of the victims at Barcelona’s famous Sagrada Familia Cathedral – the service will be attended by King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain.

By  Renee Kapuku