Catalonia: Police set up 800 checkpoints in manhunt for Barcelona suspect

Source: Washington Post

“Desperate to ease public fears and neutralize a terrorist cell responsible for the deadliest attack in Spain in a decade, Spanish police erected 800 checkpoints across the region of Catalonia on Sunday — part of a massive manhunt for a Moroccan-born man they suspect was the driver of the van that killed 13 and injured scores in Barcelona last week. Authorities could not say whether Younes Abouyaaqoub, 22, was still in Spain or had crossed the border into France, but they were clearly frustrated that he continued to elude police. ‘We don’t know where he is,’ regional police chief Josep Lluis Trapero said at a news conference in Barcelona, adding that the terrorist cell had planned a ‘much more serious attack’ that was probably thwarted by an accidental explosion Wednesday at a house used to assemble components for a bomb.” (08/20/17)