Neighbors of Alcanar (Tarragona) questioned by the Mossos d’Esquadra declared that they did not suspect that the people who lived in the house in this municipality that exploded on August 16, 2017 were occupied by terrorists who they attacked the next day in Barcelona and Cambrils.
The National Court has resumed the trial of two alleged members of the jihadist cell, Mohamed Houli and Driss Oukabir, and an alleged collaborator, Said Ben Iazza, accused of participating in the preparation of the attacks in Barcelona, by means of a massive hit with a van , and Cambrils (Tarragona), with knives and an ax, which left 16 dead and 140 wounded.
This Tuesday 17 Mossos d’Esquadra have testified who appeared at Alcanar’s house after the explosion that occurred on the night of August 16, 2017, of which 11 have explained the injuries they suffered when a second explosion occurred around five o’clock during the debris and object collection tasks in the afternoon of the next day.
It so happens that this second explosion took place when Younes Abouyaaqoub committed at the same time the multiple hit with a van on Las Ramblas in Barcelona.
Mossos d’esquadra that have declared in previous sessions have maintained that the terrorists they prepared in the house of Alcanar artifacts to commit attacks and that their initial targets were the Nou Camp and the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona as well as the Eiffel Tower in Paris, but the explosion in that building caused them to improvise the attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils. Younes Abouyaaqoub was killed by the Mossos d’esquadra on August 21 on a road in Subirats (Barcelona).
The first mossos who appeared at the Alcanar house after the explosion on the night of the 16th have stated this Tuesday that when they arrived they were unaware that it could have a terrorist origin.
They added that after the explosion they proceeded to look for signs in the place that could clarify the causes and that already the next day, August 17, an excavator was used to remove debris until there was a second strong explosion about five in the afternoon.
A gas explosion was being considered
One of the two firefighters of the Generalitat of Catalonia who have also testified has commented that when he joined the place to help the mossos d’esquadra on the afternoon of the 17th there was still a lot of confusion and the possibility that the event of the night before it would have been due to a gas explosion.
Both the mossos and the two firefighters have related the injuries they suffered and the consequences they still suffer for what claim to be compensated, although some of them have already received some amounts from the Ministry of the Interior.
One of the mossos d’esquadra explained that on the afternoon of the 17th, when they were looking for signs of what happened in Alcanar’s house with the excavator, there was a strong explosion. “I ran out, I met a firefighter and my boss and then I lost consciousness so they transferred the helicopter to the Tarragona hospital,” he said.
You added whate can no longer work again because he has been declared totally permanently disabled and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.
The agents in charge of the investigation have reported that among the rubble of Alcanar’s house human remains were found.
According to the Prosecutor’s Office, as a result of the explosion, they died on ripoll magnet (Gerona) Abdelbaki Es Satty, around whom the jihadist cell supposedly formed, and another alleged terrorist and the accused Mohamed Houli was injured.
The mossos have also explained that They found among the remains of Alcanar’s house various documentation such as driver’s licenses from Abdelbaki Es Satty and from Mohamed Houli and an employment contract from Younes Abouyaaqoub, among other documents from other members of the cell, five of whom were killed by the mossos in their attack in Cambrils.
They have added that they also found cans with substances used for explosives and around a hundred butane bottles.
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