The terror cell behind the terror attacks in Barcelona, Spain, had a lot more planned. They were caught with over 120 gas canisters and were planning a much bigger attack.
120 butane gas canisters were found at a house in the Spanish town of Alcanar where they blew up Wednesday night.
Law enforcement officials believe that the 12-member terrorist cell was planning to fill up rental vans with the explosives and carry out a much larger attack. The ultimate target was the famous Sagrada Familia cathedral in Barcelona, Spain.
Police are still hunting for the driver of the van that killed 13 people in Barcelona last week. He is believed to have fled into France. His mother made an emotional plea on television. She said:
“I prefer him going to jail before him dying.”
The suspect, 22-year-old Younes Abouyaaqoub, is one of three of the twelve members that is unaccounted for at the moment. Officials believe two of them were killed when the house exploded on Wednesday.
Five of the suspected terrorists were shot dead while they were carrying out another attack in the seaside town of Cambrils. One victim was stabbed to death there.
A Muslim preacher, Abdelbaki Es Satty, is believed to have radicalized these young terrorists. Police are trying to determine if they can find his DNA in the house that blew up in Alcanar. Some of the parents of the terrorists seem to believe that they were radicalized by this man.
Hechami Gasi, father of Mohamed and Omar Hychami, two of the suspected jihadis who were shot dead by police in Cambrils, said:
“I don’t know what’s happened, I don’t know how to feel, they’re my sons but look at the evil they’ve done.”
“The imam must have put these ideas in their heads. They were good boys.”
On Sunday, hundreds gathered at the Sagrada Familia to mourn the victims of the attack in Barcelona.
Featured image via YouTube screenshot.