Policewoman kills FOUR jihadis in Barcelona | Daily Mail Online
Fri, 18 Aug 2017 18:21
A hero policewoman surrounded by drugged-up jihadis wearing 'Coke can' suicide vests killed four out of five of them herself and saved an injured colleague, it was revealed today.
The terrorists carrying knives and an axe bailed out of their overturned Audi A3 used to plough into crowds on the seafront in Cambrils on the Costa Dorada at 1am today, killing a woman, 61, from Zaragoza, and injuring six others.
Two police officers were on a routine foot patrol when one was hit by the car and within seconds her partner pulled out a handgun and killed four of them as they charged her.
The fifth terrorist ran into a park and was gunned down minutes later by a policeman - but clambered to his feet with a smile on his face and ran at armed officers who eventually needed 15 bullets to kill him.
Today Catalan police chief Josep Luis Trapero confirmed a single officer, who was meant to be on holiday this week, killed four of the terrorists and said: 'To kill four people, even if you are a professional, is not easy to digest', adding the officer was now receiving psychological support.
Eight hours earlier a 'linked' ISIS van assault on the packed Los Ramblas boulevard in Barcelona killed 13 including a three-year-old girl and injured at least 100 victims from 34 different countries.
Fitzroy Davies, from Wolverhampton, described how officers gunned down one of the Cambrils jihadis and filmed the moment he rose to his feet in a scene he compared to a 'horror film'.
He said: 'He must have been on drugs. He took the first round of shots he fell on the floor, and then within two seconds, I thought I was watching a film, one of them horror films, the guy just stood up. He was taunting, smiling, laughing and he carried on walking to the police, and then they gave it to him again, a couple more shots and then he fell to the ground'.
He said that his suicide belt 'looked fake', adding: 'It looked like he was wearing Coke cans on him'.
ISIS has been feeding its fighters cheap super-amphetamine pills called Captagon, used to induce euphoria and increase adrenaline during their murderous missions.
This is the overturned Audi A3 used by a gang of five jihadis in suicide belts who ploughed into crowds in the seaside town of Cambrils. The attack 70 miles from Barcelona came eight hours after 13 were killed in the Catalan city in a van attack
Shocking video footage shows bodies strewn across the ground in the seaside town and police have confirmed one officer killed four out of five of the terrorists (pictured)
This is the moment a jihadi (pictured centre) in a fake suicide vest is finally shot dead - seconds after he was gunned down and got up again to walk towards police
British witness Fitzroy Davies said the jihadi (far left in a pink T-shirt) was smiling and ranting and raving at officers (right behind the car) who initially failed to kill him (centre, far left) and had to open fire again after he got up (right)
The terrorist gunned down twice lies dead on the ground - four of the five jihadis were shot dead by the same hero policeman, it emerged today
The killers, wearing fae explosive belts and clutching knives, bailed out of the shattered Audi and were seen smiling and shouting taunts at police shot them dead in the street at around 1am local time
Moroccan-born Moussa Oukabir, 18, who lives in Barcelona, has been named as a suspect in the Las Ramblas attack after reportedly stealing his brother's ID to rent the van and is still on the run
Police are hunting (left to right) terror quartet Moussa Oukabir, Said Aallaa, Mohamed Hychami and Younes Abouyaaqoub, over the two terror attacks in Catalonia
The van used to plough into crowds in Barcelona is towed away by police in the early hours of this morning with the driver still believed to be at large
Spanish security forces escort a friend of two Moroccan-born brothers linked to the Barcelona plot after arresting him in the town of Ripoll, Catalonia
The terror began in Barcelona yesterday afternoon and spread to Cambrils overnight and police believe the terror cell has a safe house in Alcanar and has links to Moroccan brothers from Ripoll. The coast south of Barcelona has a reputation as a hotbed for terrorists and a key meeting to plan 9/11 was held a few miles from Cambrils
THE TERRORISTS KILLED AND SUSPECTS ARRESTED AFTER THE BARCELONA ATTACKSAs of Friday morning, four people have been arrested and six people have been killed in connection with the terrorist attacks in Barcelona and Cambril.
The four arrested include one Spanish and one Moroccan national.
One man handed himself in to police on Thursday evening: This is Driss Oukabir, 28, a Moroccan national living in Ripoll, 65 miles north of Barcelona.
He claims he is not connected and that his identity documents had been stolen by his younger brother.
Moussa Oukabir, 18, is now being hunted by police, thought to have been the driver of the van on Las Ramblas that killed 13 and injured 100.
Thursday also saw one man arrested in Alcanar, 120 miles south of Barcelona, where the gas explosion in a house is being investigated.
One man died in this explosion, who has since been linked to the attacks last night.
Police believe the house where the explosion took place was being used as a bomb factory by the terrorists.
The third arrest, a man of unknown nationality, was also made in Ripoll, on Friday morning.
He is reportedly the driver of a For Focus which smashed though a police checkpoint on Thursday.
The driver fled the scene, leaving behind the car in which police found the car's owner stabbed to death.
Five men wearing fake suicide belts were shot dead by police after they launched a second terrorist attack in Cambrils, 70 miles southwest of Barcelona at 1am Friday morning, injuring seven people by driving an Audi A3 into crowds on the seafront.
Eight hours earlier an ISIS jihadi drove a van at 60mph through crowds of people on Barcelona's famous Las Ramblas promenade - Spain's busiest tourist street - which was 'jam-packed' with holidaymakers and locals.
Police are today hunting for Europe's most wanted man Moussa Oukabir, an 18-year-old Moroccan-born teenager believed to have been the driver. He fled on foot and it is unclear if he joined the Cambrils attack. Three of his young friends are also on the run.
His brother Driss' ID was used to rent up to three vans including the one in the attack but he has handed himself into police and denied any involvement. He is among four people arrested.
Police are linking the Barcelona and Cambrils attacks and believe the terror cell with up to 12 members had a base in the resort town of Alcanar, 120 miles south of Barcelona, where a house-cum-bomb factory packed with gas canisters was destroyed in an explosion on Wednesday killing one man and injuring another.
Five jihadis have been shot dead and four men including Driss Oukabir, 28, have been arrested.
A fourth suspect was gunned down in his car as he rammed officers at a roadblock in Sant Just Desvern, Barcelona. But Spanish media said he may have been the victim of a hijacking because he also had knife wounds.
As ISIS terrorists caused carnage in one of Europe's great cities once again, it emerged today:
13 were killed and at least 100 injured after an ISIS jihadi used a white Fiat van as a weapon on Los Ramblas, Barcelona at 4pm yesterday;The driver flees the scene after driving at 60mph along 500 yards of road swerving to hit men, women and children including dozens of tourists;Fugitive Moussa Oukabir, an 18-year-old Moroccan-born teenager, is Europe's most wanted man and is believed to have been the driver of the van; Three other Moroccans Mohamed Hychami, 24, Younes Abouyaaqoub, 22, and Said Aallaa, 18, are also on the run;Moussa may have rented up to three vehicles using his brother Driss' ID and his 28-year-old older sibling has since handed himself in to police and is among four suspects arrested, including some mutual friends;At 1am a second terror attack takes place in Cambrils , a seaside resort around 70 miles from Barcelona. An Audi A3 with five jihadis on board ploughs through crowds killing one woman and injuring six more including a policeman. Their car turns over and they bail out with knives before being shot dead by police in the street;Police say a house in Alcanar , further along the Costa Dorada from Barcelona, exploded on Wednesday killing one man. They say it was packed with gas canisters and contained maps of Barcelona and is now understood to be the terror cell's headquarters and bomb factory; A man was shot dead in the town of Sant Just Desvern close to Barcelona after he drove at a road block. Police now believe he was a not a terrorist either fleeing the city in fear or may have been the victim of a hijacking;ISIS have claimed responsibility for the attacks, which are strikingly similar to attacks in London, Berlin, Stockholm and Nice, where rented vehicles were used as weapons; CIA warned Spanish police two months ago that Barcelona faced an imminent attack; Families fled for their lives yesterday when suspected Islamic State terrorists mowed down dozens in a hotspot for British holidaymakers.
More than 100 men, women and children were mowed down and their broken bodies lay in pools of blood on the famous Las Ramblas street at 4pm yesterday, where 13 are confirmed dead.
Prams and toys lay among the carnage alongside tourists' 'selfie sticks', discarded in the chaos as families fled the terror attack.
Shops, bars and restaurants packed with tourists and locals were abandoned with drinks, half-eaten meals and ice creams abandoned on the tables.
Pictures from their Alcanar bomb factory show more than 20 butane gas canisters scattered in the rubble and detectives found paperwork suggesting an attack in Barcelona was imminent.
It was unclear whether the house was deliberately destroyed to hide evidence or whether an accidental detonation forced the cell to rush through an improvised van attack. One person pulled from the rubble of the house was among four people so far arrested for the plot.
The attack in the coastal town began when a van hit pedestrians near the port area, leaving seven people including a police officer injured. The van then overturned and the attackers, now on foot, were shot by police as they attempted to leave the scene. It was unclear whether they were armed.
Spain's King Felipe VI (C), Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy (L) and President of Catalonia Carles Puigdemont applaud after observing a minute of silence for the victims in Barcelona today
Huge crowds gathered at Plaza de Catalunya, which sits at the top of Los Ramblas, to observe a minute's silence that turned into applause
Crowds have returned to the scene of yesterday's terror attack to remember those killed or injured by the rampaging van
Flowers and candles are starting to be laid at the top of Los Ramblas today as the city comes to terms with the shocking attack
Mourners in Barcelona were in tears and clinging to eachother for support as they surveyed the scene of devastation today
Large units of police are patrolling Los Ramblas today as tourists and local returned to the area where 13 died yesterday
In Cambrils - the scene of the second terror attack - armed police are patrolling the streets and blood was being washed from the cobbled streets
A crowd in Barcelona's main square defiantly shouted "not afraid" today following a minute's silence attended by Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and King Felipe VI, held for the victims of a double vehicle attack.
Standing silent in the Plaza de Catalunya, Rajoy joined the king and Carles Puigdemont, the president of the Catalonia region where Barcelona is located, in mourning the victims of attacks that left 13 dead and more than 100 injured.
At loggerheads as the separatist Catalan government attempts to break away from Spain, Rajoy and Puigdemont put their differences aside as they held the minute of silence in the square near the scene of the Barcelona attack.
Just after, crowds at the square broke out in loud applause, shouting "I'm not afraid."
Dramatic video posted online showed bystanders walking casually towards police cars before gunshots rang out, sending them leaping for safety on the beach below the raised roadway.
A second video shows four bodies lying on and near the road, apparently some way from the overturned vehicle, which is not in shot. The suspected suicide belts can be seen around the waists of the dead men.
A Spanish man filmed three of the terrorists as they lay dead on the ground, saying: 'Look, there are two dead lying there on the floor. Sons of bitches, they were wearing explosives. No there are three of them. They were wearing explosives. Sons of bitches!'
Markel Artabe, a 20-year-old restaurant worker, said he was on the seaside promenade when he heard what he initially thought were fireworks, but soon realised were gunshots.
He said he saw someone lying on the ground 'with a gunshot in the head'. The victim's friends were crying out 'help', he added.
Joan Marc Serra Salinas, a 21-year-old waiter, said he heard many gunshots.
'And shouting. And more shouting. I jumped onto the beach and didn't move,' he said.
A spokesman for the regional government in Catalonia said: 'The suspected terrorists were driving an Audi A3 and ran down several people, until they crashed into a Mossos d'Esquadra patrol and the shootout began.'
As the Cambrils attack began police warned locals to stay inside - and many locked themselves inside hotels and bars.
Six people including a police officer were injured in the Cambrils attack, in the province of Tarragona. One was today in a critical condition in hospital, with another two seriously injured.
Four of the terrorists were killed immediately in the shootout and the fifth was shot and later arrested after being located by police in a helicopter. He later died from his injuries.
The regional police tweeted: 'We are working with the hypothesis that the crimes in Cambrils are a terrorist attack. We have taken down those presumed responsible.We confirm that the 5th terrorist taken down in Cambrils, who was injured, has died.'
Driss Oukabir (pictured) has been arrested by police, according to local media reports. The Guardia Civil previously said the van used in the attack was rented by Oukabir in the town of Santa Perpetua de la Mogada
Police officers rushed to the seaside resort to carry out an operation and ended up shooting the five terror suspects dead
Seven members of the public including a policeman were hurt in the new attack in Cambrils, 70 miles from Barcelona, which saw the jihadis' car overturn before armed police gunned down the suspects
Five terrorists were shot dead by police in the resort of Cambrils, south of Barcelona, as they carried out a new terror attack
Police officers and forensic personnel begin a search of the vehicle driven by the suspected Jihadists, who were quickly shot dead after the car flipped in the road
The attack in the coastal town began when a van hit pedestrians near the port area, leaving seven people including a police officer injured
In Barcelona, a hired van (pictured), registered to rental company Telefurgo, rammed into scores of holidaymakers and their children. The crumpled van is pictured as a body lies on the ground
Horrifying images of the aftermath show an elderly couple were among the injured after the van ploughed into pedestrians on the busy Barcelona street
Stills from a video showing a man being arrested by Spanish police in Barcelona after the suspected terror attack in the heart of the city
There are harrowing scenes in Barcelona after a van was driven into pedestrians in Las Ramblas in the heart of the city. Thirteen people have been killed and more than 100 have been injured as armed police swarm the streets
How the Barcelona attack unfolded: Map shows the route the terrorist took as he ploughed into scores of holidaymakers
In a day of chaos and carnage that saw the deadliest Islamic terror attack in Spain since the 2004 Madrid bombings that killed 192, the biggest loss of life was in Barcelona.
The lone terrorist swerved his van onto the paved walkway of Las Ramblas and ploughed on for hundreds of yards. By the time he came to a halt, 13 people were dead and more than 100 more injured. Three Germans, a Greek and a Belgian were among the dead. More than 20 French nationals are believed to have been injured.
A five-year-old Irish boy suffered a broken leg when his family was caught up in the terror attack in Barcelona.
The boy's father also has leg injuries after a van was driven into innocent people in Las Ramblas, one of the busiest avenues in the Spanish city.
Ireland's Foreign Affairs Minister, Simon Coveney, said: 'They are not life-threatening, I'm relieved to say. But in a way it's a miracle that more Irish people weren't involved, given that there are so many Irish people in Spain, Barcelona and Cambrils at this time of year.'
ISIS hits Europe with yet another marauding vehicle attackThe attack is the sixth time in a year that Islamic fanatics have used vehicles to kill pedestrians in Europe '' with more than 100 dead.
· On July 14 last year, a truck was driven into crowds in Nice on Bastille Day, killing 86 revellers.
· On December 19, 12 died in Berlin when a truck smashed through a Christmas market in the German capital.
· On March 22 this year, five died after Khalid Masood drove into crowds on Westminster Bridge in Central London.
· On April 7, a fanatic drove a truck into pedestrians in Stockholm, killing five.
· On June 3, eight died when three attackers in a van mowed down passers-by on London Bridge (pictured above) before stabbing others nearby.
The father and son were part a family of four, including the mother and a daughter, and are understood to have been on a trip to celebrate the boy's birthday. The youngster suffered a broken femur.
Spanish police initially named their prime suspect in the attack as the man they said hired the van, Driss Oukabir, a 28-year-old Morocco-born man living in the town of Ripoll, 65 miles north of Barcelona.
However hours later he apparently presented himself at a police station in Ripoll and claimed his 18-year-old brother Moussa had stolen his papers to hire the van.
Disturbing comments posted on social network Kiwi by an account carrying Moussa Oukabir's name and photograph makes reference to killing all infidels.
Driss was the second of the two people arrested, while Moussa remained unaccounted for this morning.
Horrifying pictures and video from the scene of the Las Ramblas attack show armed police and paramedics rushing around the busy promenade in the centre of the city, as victims lie hurt in the street.
Josep Lluis Trapero, the head of the regional police force the Mossos d'Esquadra, said the attack was designed 'to kill as many people as possible'.
A witness called Angel said he saw the attacker close up and described him as 'a young man, maximum 25 years old, chestnut brown hair and skinny.'
Others described him as about 5ft 6in tall and wearing a blue and white striped top.
Another witness, Isaac, said: 'The person was accelerating. He mounted the pavement to run people over. We saw the van passing by running people over at 50 miles an hour. It was as if it was driving through a field of corn.'
A taxi driver told Catalan TV station TV3: 'The van was doing zigzags knocking over everyone he could. It was shocking.'
Aamer Anwar was walking down Las Ramblas at the time, which he said was 'jam-packed' with tourists.
He told Sky News: 'All of a sudden, I just sort of heard a crashing noise and the whole street just started to run, screaming. I saw a woman right next to me screaming for her kids.'
Briton Steve Garrett was in a nearby market and sheltered in a bakery with several others after streams of people ran inside.
Mr Garrett told the BBC: 'A very large number of people ran into the market area in a big kind of way, lots of screaming, lots of shouting.
'Obviously coming from England it was reminding me a great deal of what happened in London, so we were very concerned about what might be going on next.'
Mr Garrett said a 'second wave' of people then entered the market, followed by armed police.
He said: 'They seemed to sweep through the market area. They seemed to be looking for someone. They were going very carefully, very cautiously, stall to stall.'
Another witness told Sky News: 'It was quite terrifying. All of a sudden scores of people ran towards us, hysterical, children hysterical... first of all they said someone had been shot.
'All of a sudden a second wave of people came down the street, we just ran, I lost my husband in the melee. The shops went into lockdown mode.'
She added: 'We really had no idea what was going on other than that we needed to get ourselves out of there very quickly... there was just hundreds of people running away very quickly.'
'Bomb factory' blast: A home in Alcanar which exploded on Wednesday leaving butane gas canisters strewn in the rubble was linked to the terror cell, say police, who believe it was being used to make explosives. One man died in the blast and people were hurt
Police are linking the terror attack in Barcelona to an explosion at a home 125 miles south of the city, which is believed to have been caused by canisters filled with butane
Investigators have confirmed that yesterday's explosion is being linked to the terror attack in Barcelona
BRITISH ACTRESS 'WAS FORCED TO HIDE IN FREEZER' Laila Roussa dramatically live tweeter her experience as the horrifying attack unfolded in Barcelona
Actress Laila Rouass has dramatically live tweeted her experience 'hiding in a restaurant freezer' after being caught up in the horrific terrorist attack in Barcelona.
The wife of snooker star Ronnie O'Sullivan, 46, took to Twitter amid the brutal terror attack which is believed to have claimed the lives of 13 people and wounded 100 others.
Tweeting directly in the middle of the attack, the former Holby City star said: 'In the middle of the attack. Hiding in a restaurant freezer. Happened so fast. Praying for the safety of everyone here x.'
And in a later tweet, the star, from Stepney in London, posted: 'Gunshots just heard. Armed police running down the street looking for someone.'
In a series of further tweets she added: 'The whole of Las Ramblas and surrounding roads in lock down with armed police everywhere,' and 'hearing one person has been shot.'
Friend of Mrs Rouass and fellow actor Douglas Henshall tweeted a message of support to the former Holby City star.
He said: 'F*** sake Laila stay safe. X'.
Tom Gueller, who lives on an adjoining road, was forced to flee the scene when he saw the van hurtling through the crowds.
He told BBC's PM: 'I heard screams and a bit of a crash and then I just saw the crowd parting and this van going full pelt down the middle of the Ramblas and I immediately knew that it was a terrorist attack or something like that.
'I ran away, I mean I live near, I had to run back about 50 metres or so and go up to my flat and obviously see what's happening on the road from my balcony.'
Asked about the van, he said: 'It wasn't slowing down at all. It was just going straight through the middle of the crowds in the middle of the Ramblas.'
Police chief Trapero told a news conference: 'At 16.50 a van entered the pedestrian area of the Rambla, and drove for many meters, running over hundreds of people.
'Many of them were injured and it caused the death of 13 people. The driver got out of the van and ran away. There was no shouting, no phrases which sometimes accompany such attacks. Witnesses called the emergency services and gave a description.
'The Mossos began Operation Cage, an anti-terrorist operation throughout Catalonia. There is no evidence that the person who left the van was armed. We do not believe he was armed, at least visibly.
'We entered all of the bars and establishments of the area to check nobody was hiding. This was clearly a terrorist attack with the intention of killing as many people as possible.
'It is believed to be connected with a second incident - the explosion of a house in Alcanar. We received an alert of an explosion where one person has died and others were injured.
'A part of the building collapsed. We are linking these two incidents. I cannot give further details as we are still working on the investigation.
At least 13 people have been killed and dozens injured after a van ploughed into pedestrians in Las Ramblas, Barcelona's busiest tourist area
Eyewitnesses said swarms of people were running for their lives with one woman desperately screaming out for her child. The van can be seen with a crumpled bonnet as people lie motionless on the pavement
Footage had emerged of heavily armed police swarming the area, searching for the attackers. Witnesses said the area was swamped with terror cops and plain clothed officers 'within 30 seconds'
'This led to the arrest of two people directly implicated in this attack. This does not mean that the two people under arrest are those who carried out the attack in Barcelona - but they are connected to the attack.
'Neither of them was the person driving the van. Neither of them has any convictions for terrorism. One is from Melilla [a Spanish enclave in north Africa] and the other is Moroccan.
'One person was arrested in Alcanar and the other, a Moroccan, in Ripoll.'
World leaders were quick to condemn the bloodbath, with UK Prime Minister Theresa May saying Britain 'stands with Spain against terror' in response to the tragic news.
She added: 'My thoughts are with the victims of the terrible attack in Barcelona and the emergency services responding to this ongoing incident. The UK stands with Spain against terror.'
US President Donald Trump condemned the attack and promised to do 'whatever is necessary to help' the Spanish.
As news of the atrocity was breaking, US First Lady Melania Trump tweeted: 'Thoughts and prayers to #Barcelona'.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, tweeted: 'My thoughts are with the victims of this barbaric terrorist attack in the great city of Barcelona and with their brave emergency services.'
Mr Khan added: 'London stands with Barcelona against the evil of terrorism.'
Barcelona Mayor Ada Colau says a moment of silence will be held in the city's main square at noon today 'to show that we are not scared and we are more united that ever'.
Many of those injured were seriously hurt, and Catalonia's interior minister Joaquim Forn said he thought it 'very possible' that the number of dead will rise.
A woman lies injured on the pavement as paramedics offer treatment just moments after the van ploughed into pedestrians on Thursday
Police have confirmed that at least 100 people are injured, with Catalonia's interior minister Joaquim Forn saying it is 'very possible' that the number of dead will rise
Victims lie in the street after the van attack in Barcelona, which has claimed 13 lives and left more than 100 injured
Armed police on the streets of Barcelona following Thursday's atrocity, which saw a van plough into crowds of pedestrians in the city's tourist area
Armed policemen arrive in a cordoned-off area after a van ploughed into a crowd in Barcelona, killing at least 13 people yesterday
The confusion and carnage was added to when a white Ford Focus car rammed police at a roadblock that had been set up to try and capture the fugitive terrorists, injuring three officers including a woman who suffered a broken leg.
The driver was shot dead after what was described as an exchange of fire, however officials last night sought to downplay the link to the terror plot.
Police chief Mr Trapero told his press conference: 'He is a Spanish national and at the moment we have no indication he is linked to these other people.'
One of the terrorists ran on foot after carrying out the attack in the centre of Barcelona, which is typically packed with tourists
People flee after the van drove into crowds in centre of Barcelona which left at least 13 people dead and more than 100 injured
The scene in Barcelona on Thursday as emergency services rush to help after Barcelona was attacked by suspected terrorists
Injured people are treated at the scene in Las Ramblas, Barcelona after the horrific attack. Right: People trapped in a shop under police guard
The civil guard has said the van used in the attack was rented in the town of Santa Perpetua de la Mogada, which is around 15 miles by road from the scene of the killings.
A second van was found parked in the town of Vic, which is around 50 miles north of Barcelona. Police believe it was meant to be used as a getaway vehicle.
Local newspaper El Periodico said the CIA had warned local police two months ago that La Rambla could be the scene of a terrorist attack.
The incident has taken place at the height of the tourist season in Barcelona, which is one of Europe's top travel destinations with at least 11 million visitors a year.
A man sits on the pavement with his head in his hands after the tragic attack, now being treated as a terrorist incident
People taking refuge in a shop near Las Ramblas in Barcelona after fleeing the busy promenade after the attack on Thursday
People are guided out of a fast food restaurant by police after the attack in Barcelona on Thursday afternoon
The most wanted man in Europe: Manhunt for 18-year-old Barcelona terror suspect 'who stole his brother's identity and talked about killing infidels on social media'
Police are still hunting the teenager thought to have been behind the Barcelona terror attack which killed 13 and injured more than 100 people.
Moussa Oukabir, 18, is believed to have stolen his older brother's identity documents to rent the white Renault van which ploughed into pedestrians on a busy street popular with tourists.
The teenager, said to be a Spanish national of Moroccan heritage, had previously written about 'killing infidels' in a chilling online post.
His brother Driss Oukabir, 28, was initially named as a suspect but later handed himself to a police station in Ripoll, a town to the north of Barcelona, not far from the French border.
The older brother, whose identity document is said to have been found in the van, was reportedly arrested after he told police his brother took his ID documents.
Police circulated the image of Driss Oukabir, 28, (right) saying he had rented a van used in the attack - but he later accused his brother Moussa (left) of stealing his ID documents to rent at least one van
An account with Moussa Oukabir's name and photograph posted on social media that, on his first day ruling the world, he would 'kill the infidels' and 'let Muslims follow the religion'
On the run: Spanish police are now looking for the teenager in connection with yesterday's attack, which killed at least 13 people and injured more than 100
Moussa can be seen smiling and posing in images on his social media accounts, which he also used to air hatred for non-Muslims.
The teenager, reportedly a resident of Barcelona, posted on social network Kiwi that, if he was king of the world, his first act would be to 'kill the infidels'.
After Moussa's brother and another suspect were detained yesterday, police arrested a third person, a 34-year-old Moroccan, in Ripoll today. Moussa however is still on the run.
A security expert told the New York Times that police believe three vans were hired using the elder Oukabir brother's ID, after the plotters were unable to hire a larger truck.
Little is yet known about Moussa, although his brother is thought to have been born in the small Moroccan town of Aghbala, on the edge of the Sahara Desert. He is said to have come to Spain via Marseille in the south of France.
In the aftermath of the attack police circulated an image of the elder Oukabir, a Catalan resident of Moroccan origin, saying he had rented out a second van thought to be intended as a getaway vehicle - where his documents were found.
But police sources said Driss later handed himself in at a police station in Ripoll, 65 miles north of Barcelona, claiming his brother had stolen his documents, leading to police now focusing on finding Moussa.
On Friday morning, a third person was arrested by police investigating the attacks - also in the city of Ripoll.
Moussa pulling typical teenage poses on social media, where he also posted about hatred for non-Muslims
Moussa is said to be a Spanish national of Moroccan origin. His brother is understood to have been born in the small Moroccan town of Aghbala
Authorities tow the van which ploughed into the crowd on Las Ramblas on Thursday
Damage: The front of the van can be seen destroyed in these images taken late last night
Hunted: The driver of the van is still on the run, but it is not known who was behind the wheel
Spanish police has linked Thursday's attack to an explosion that killed at least one person in a Alcanar, 120 miles south of the Barcelona
Police officers rushed over to treat what is believed to be an officer after a driver in a Ford Focus drove through a roadblock
British boy, seven, among those missing after Barcelona massacre as death toll from attacks rises to 14 and photos emerge of Las Ramblas victims - including Italian father killed while shielding his son
Desperate families of those missing after the Spanish terror attacks searched for their loved ones on Friday as the death toll rose to 14 and the first victims were identified.
Seven-year-old Julian Cadman, who was born in Kent but moved to Australia three years ago, was named among the missing by his cousin who posted an appeal online after the boy's mother, Jom, was listed as being in a serious condition in hospital by Spanish authorities.
His father, Andrew, is currently flying from Sydney to Spain to help in the search for his missing son without knowing whether the boy is dead or alive.
Meanwhile Heidi Nunes, from California, also appealed for information about her husband Jared Tucker, 43, on Friday after they got separated during the attack while out shopping.
Elsewhere the first of those killed in the ISIS attack on Las Ramblas were named as Italians Bruno Gulotta and Luca Russo, Belgian mother-of-two Elke Vanbockrijck, 44, and 57-year-old Spaniard Fransisco Lopez Rodriguez.
A three-year-old Spanish boy from Llimiana was also killed in the attack, the town's mayor said. He was with his mother, grandmother, sister and aunt who was injured trying to save him.
It came as the death toll from both the Barcelona and Cambrils attack was raised to 14, while 130 people were confirmed injured, including 17 in critical condition and 30 in serious condition.
Julian Cadman, seven, who was born in Kent but living in Sydney at the time of the terror attack, is missing. Italian Bruno Gulotta, the father of two young children, was crushed to death on Las Ramblas in Barcelona on Thursday
Julian was pictured enjoying his holiday in Barcelona just hours before the attack took place. British authorities have confirmed 'a small number of citizens' were caught up in the attack, but would not say if they were among the injured or dead
Luca Russo, 25, an engineer from Padua, in Italy, was also confirmed among the dead. He was on holiday at the time of the attack alongside his girlfriend Marta Scomazzon
Miss Scomazzon (pictured with boyfriend Luca before the attack) was left with a broken collarbone after being hit, Italian media reported on Friday
Elke Vanbockrijck, 44, from Belgium, has been identified as being among the dead. Authorities said she was on holiday with her husband and sons when she was run down and killed
Spanish authorities say 57-year-old Francisco Lopez Rodriguez (pictured on Las Ramblas moments before the attack) died on the spot after being hit by ISIS terrorists. He was earlier reported as missing
Heidi Nunes, from California, said online that her husband Jared Tucker, 43, is missing after the pair got separated on Las Ramblas during the attack
Norma, who is Julian's aunt but referred to in the family as granny, described the boy as 'lovely', 'bubbly' and 'sweet'
UK Prime Minister Theresa May said authorities are 'urgently looking into reports' of a dual-nationality child believed to be missing in Spain, and confirmed that 'a number of British nationals' were caught up in the attack.
Mrs May gave no indication if those Britons were among those wounded or killed.
Mr Gulotta, a computer salesman from Legnano, in northern Italy, was crushed to death in the Barcelona attack as he walked along holding his six-year-old son's hand.
His wife, Martina, said he died kneeling down to shield their son and seven-month-old daughter from the van, according to boss Pino Bruno, who claimed to have spoken with her.
Meanwhile Belgian authorities named Mrs Vanbockrijck, from Tongeren, as among the dead, saying she was on holiday with her husband and sons at the time.
Spanish authorities said Mr Rodriguez, who was pictured on Las Ramblas moments before the attack, died on the spot after being hit by the terrorist's van. He was earlier reported as missing.
Seven-year-old Julian Cadman's grandmother Norma Canaveral told MailOnline: 'We are just so worried. I am just waiting for news, hoping for good news.'
The 66-year-old, from London, said: 'I don't know what to say. His mother is in the hospital, she's ok, but she became separated from Julian and we don't know where he is. All we can do it wait.'
Julian was born in Kent and attended the Chiddingstone Nursery before moving to Sydney three years ago with his parents Jom and Andrew Cadman.
Andrew is from Australia and Jom is originally from The Philippines.
Driss Oukabir, 28, the brother of the suspected van driver, lives in Ripoll where he handed himself over to police on Thursday, while another man was also arrested there
King Felipe VI (centre), Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy (to his left), and President of Catalonia Carles Puigdemont (to his right) led a minute of silence in Barcelona on Friday for the victims of the attack
Thousands gathered in Catalonia Square in the centre of the city in order to honour the 13 people who died in the city, and another woman who passed away on Friday after being struck in a second attack in Cambrils
Women on Las Ramblas, the street where the attack took place, break down in tears as they remember victims of the attack
Jom is in hospital in Barcelona as she recovers from yesterday's attack on Las Ramblas. Julian is still missing. Andrew has flown from Sydney to Spain.
Norma, who is Jom's cousin, but is called 'granny' by Julian, said her daughter Christabel Juguilon had been calling relatives to find out what has happened to Julian.
Her other daughter Norie-Jean, Jom's niece, added: 'I saw the post about Julian being missing on Facebook this morning but we don't know any more.
'Julian's a really sweet boy. He loves to dance, he's a lovely, bubbly boy.'
Appeals for the missing came as two Spaniards, three Germans and one Belgian were identified among the dead, according to Spanish media.
The two Spainards were reported to be a man and boy who were related and came from the Rub neighbourhood of Barcelona.
Meanwhile citizens from America, Australia, Ireland, France, Greece, Hong Kong and the Netherlands were confirmed among the more than 100 people injured.
A six-year-old girl, also of unknown nationality, is in serious condition in hospital after suffering a cerebral haemorrhage, theNew York Times reports.
Norman and Pederlita Putot, who were born in the Philippines but lived in Ireland, were named by RTE as among those caught up in the attack along with their two Irish-born children.
Their five-year-old son, who was not named, suffered a broken leg in the attack and is now in hospital along with his father, who suffered knee injuries.
Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney said: 'It's a miracle that more Irish people weren't involved, given that there are so many Irish people in Spain, Barcelona and Cambrils at this time of year.
'At the moment, you can safely say that over 300,000 Irish people are in Spain, today as we speak.
'This is not just an attack on Spain or on Barcelona, but it's an attack on the way we live as European citizens in the free world.'
French authorities have confirmed the largest number of injuries so far, saying 26 of its citizens were among those hurt with 11 in serious condition.
Julie Bishop, Australia's minister for foreign affairs, said two citizens were in critical condition following the attack, two more were injured, and a total of 16 Australians were caught up in the attack.
Belgium's foreign affairs minister Didier Reynders confirmed one citizen had been killed and another two injured, including one in serious condition.
Meanwhile Greek authorities said three people had been injured, identifying them as a woman and her two children, though the extent of their injuries is unclear.
Chinese authorities said one person from Hong Kong was among those hurt, while the US also confirmed and American suffered minor injuries.
Three Dutch are also among the injured, though it is not known how badly.
Five Cubans were identified among the injured on Friday as the country's embassy in Spain said four were hurt in Barcelona and a fifth received minor injuries in the Cambrils attack that wounded a total of seven people, including a police officer.