Mass Held For Spanish Terror Attack Victims In Barcelona

Unity and defiance at memorial mass for Barcelona victims

The King and Queen of Spain visited survivors of the attack and laid a wreath at Las Ramblas, while taxi drivers honked horns in the streets as a sign of solidarity.

"Barcelona was not and will not be alone, it is supported by Spain".

The royal couple also spoke to numerous victims offering words of comfort and support as they heard the details of their ordeal as a van ploughed into the crowd on Las Ramblas, Barcelona's most popular thoroughfare.

Authorities are also trying to determine the role of an imam, Abddelbaki Es Satty, who is suspected of radicalizing the young men - some of them teenagers - who carried out this week's attacks.

A grief-stricken Barcelona prepared today to commemorate victims of two devastating terror attacks at a mass in the city's Sagrada Familia church, as police hunted for a Moroccan man believed to be the driver who mowed down sauntering tourists last week.

Police confirmed on Friday afternoon that the suspects had been planning to detonate explosives.

Suspects Moussa Oukabir, Mohamed Hychami and Said Aallaa are believed to have been killed. His older brother, Driss, counts among the four arrested.

She said: "It is deeply upsetting when innocent people are put at risk in this way when going about their daily lives".

The investigation is also focusing on a missing imam who police think could have died in a massive house explosion on Wednesday (local time).

Police said none of them were previously known to the security services for terror-related reasons.

Catalan authorities have already revealed that the terrorist network planned a much bigger atrocity than the ones which unfolded in Barcelona and Cambrils Thursday and Friday. He said border checks were beefed up immediately after the attacks.

Victims of the attack came from three dozen countries including Algeria, Australia, China, France, Ireland, Peru and Venezuela, reflecting Barcelona's status as Spain's most popular tourist destination.

With the peak summer tourism season still in full swing, the Spanish government ordered security ramped up in crowded places, though it kept the terror threat level at four out of a maximum five, Zoido said.

He reportedly died along with Said Aallaa, 19, and Mohamed Hychami, 24, who were part of a group that mounted a similar attack in Cambrils that left one woman dead and six people injured.

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