The suspected driver of the van that plowed through a crowd in Barcelona on Thursday, killing 13 people, has been fatally shot by police.
Catalan police annouced the news on Monday, tweeting “We confirm that the man shot down in #subirats is Younes Abouyaaqoub, author of the terrorist attack in #barcelona.”
— Mossos (@mossos) August 21, 2017
Younes Abouyaaqoub, 22, was the last of a dozen suspects still on the run following the attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils. Police, who killed Abouyaaqoub during an operation in Subirats — a village about 20 miles west of Barcelona — also said he was wearing what appeared to be an explosive belt.
Abouyaaqoub drove the white van that jumped the sidewalk and crashed into a crowd in the Las Ramblas district — a popular Barcelona tourist destination — last week, killing 13 and injuring more than 100 others.
During an earlier news conference on Monday, authorities said he escaped the scene on foot, carjacked a vehicle, and stabbed the driver, before mowing down a police officer at a highway checkpoint near Barcelona.
Hours later, he’s believed to have helped carry out a linked attack in Cambrils, a seaside town south of Barcelona. A woman died of her injuries after the second deadly vehicle crash, making her the 15th victim of the attacks in the two Spanish cities.