Members of terrorist cell behind Barcelona attacks indicted
The accused were charged with belonging to a terrorist organization and preparing bombs
Spain’s National Court indicted three members of the terrorist cell responsible for the terror attacks in Barcelona and the seaside town of Cambrils, which left 16 dead and more than a hundred injured.
Mohamed Jouli Chemlal and Driss Oukabir are accused of belonging to a terrorist organization and preparing bombs. Said Ben Iazza faces charges for allegedly collaborating with the group.
In pre-trial jail since August last year, they are the only members of the terrorist cell who are still alive. The rest died either in a supposedly accidental explosion in the Catalan town of Alcanar, or killed by the Catalan police after the attacks.
The mastermind behind the terrorist cell, imam Abdelbaki Es Satty, was killed in the explosion in Alcanar. Chemlal was found injured in Alcanar.
The group’s initial plan was to carry out a bomb attack in crowded sites such as the Sagrada Família basilica and the Camp Nou in Barcelona. Shortly after the explosion, they rented a van and ran over a crowd on La Rambla pedestrian street. Other members were shot down by police officers following a knife attack in Cambrils.