Van Driver in Barcelona Attack Is Killed by Police

SUBIRATS, Spain — The fugitive believed to have driven the van in last week’s terrorist attacks in Spain was shot dead by the police on Monday in a village outside Barcelona after a Europeanwide dragnet, the police announced.

The fugitive, Younes Abouyaaqoub, 22, used a van to mow down a crowd on Las Ramblas, Barcelona’s central boulevard, last Thursday, killing 13 people, according to the police. He then stole a car, killed its driver and made his getaway with the driver’s body still inside.

A manhunt stretching across Europe was undertaken, and France, Italy and other countries tightened security and border controls amid widespread speculation that Mr. Abouyaaqoub might have fled Spain. Over the weekend, the authorities had said they could not be certain that he was still on Spanish soil.

But at 4:10 p.m. Monday, attention quickly turned to Subirats, a collection of villages about 20 miles west of Barcelona. The town was placed on lockdown as the authorities announced that a man wearing an explosive belt had been “shot down.”

The identity of the suspect was not clear for about two hours; a robot, operated by a police bomb squad, was going through the explosive device to ensure that there was no danger. But at 6:20 p.m., the police announcedthat the man who had been shot was indeed Mr. Abouyaaqoub.

Residents of Subirats appeared frightened but unharmed.

“They told us to keep inside, to be ready for anything,” Pere Pons, the mayor of Subirats, told Catalan radio. “A little while ago the police called us to stay in our houses. To keep calm, to wait for more police to arrive.”

He added: “The entire town is surrounded by police.”

The police operation was continuing, however, amid reports that the fugitive may have had an accomplice during his flight and that the police were inspecting an abandoned van. The authorities in Sant Sadurní, another town west of Barcelona, issued a message on Twitter warning residents of a police intervention and urging them to remain calm.

The death toll from the attacks rose to 15 on Monday. In addition to the 13 people killed in the van attack in Barcelona, a 14th person died hours later in a related attack in the town of Cambrils, and the police on Monday announced a 15th victim: the driver of the car that Mr. Abouyaaqoub stole and used to make his escape.

The attacks were Spain’s deadliest terrorist assault since 2004, when terrorists bombed commuter trains in Madrid, killing 192 people.

Also on Monday, the authorities said that an imam believed to have inspired the twin attacks had almost certainly died on Wednesday when a house that the terrorists used as a bomb factory blew up — an event that appears to have precipitated the attacks.

The imam, Abdelbaki Essati, preached in the town of Ripoll, home to many of the members of the terrorist cell, which the authorities say included at least 12 people.

Investigators believe the planning for the plot may have begun not long after Mr. Essati’s arrival, a year ago, at the second of two mosques where he worked in Ripoll.

Younes AbouyaaqoubCreditSpanish Interior Ministry, via Associated Press

The remains of two people were found at the house where the explosion took place, in the town of Alcanar, south of Barcelona.

Maj. Josep Lluís Trapero, the police chief in the Catalonia region, of which Barcelona is the capital, said at a news conference on Monday that the police had “solid indications” that Mr. Essati was one of them, although they were awaiting the results of DNA tests. The other is yet to be positively identified.

The police also said on Monday that they were certain that Mr. Abouyaaqoub was the driver of the van.

They released surveillance camera images of Mr. Abouyaaqoub, wearing a striped polo shirt, and gave details about how he managed to escape from downtown Barcelona. “We believe he was the only one in the van and driving it,” Major Trapero said.

Mr. Abouyaaqoub fled on foot from Las Ramblas, the police said, and crossed another popular tourist destination, La Boqueria, a busy food market. He then spotted a stationary car in the city’s university district, killed the owner and put the body on the back seat. Then he forced his way through a police check point.

The driver, Pau Pérez, was found stabbed to death in his vehicle on the outskirts of Barcelona.

Two of the 15 people killed were children, including a 7-year-old who had Australian and British citizenship. Six victims were Spanish, including one who also held an Argentine passport. Three were Italians, two were Portuguese, one Belgian, one American and one Canadian, the authorities said.

Fifty of the victims remained in hospitals on Monday, 12 of them in critical condition, down from the 126 who were taken to the hospital immediately after the attacks.

The police chief said that the investigation had gained an international dimension, implying that other countries’ police and intelligence agencies were now involved, but did not provide details.

He also would not comment on reports that the imam had longstanding ties to extremists and had spent time overseas, including in Belgium early last year, shortly before terrorists attacked the airport and subway in Brussels. The imam spent time in prison in Spain on drug-related charges, but had no record for terrorism-related activities.

Major Trapero defended the level of police surveillance ahead of the attacks.

The country has avoided major acts of jihadist terrorism since the Brussels attack, even as the Islamic State and other extremists struck other cities across Europe.

Major Trapero said that it would be “playing dirty” to accuse the police of lapses, and that the police had never received information that would have justified acting against members of the cell.

Asked why nobody had raised the alarm in Alcanar, as terrorists stored over 100 gas cylinders in their bomb-making house, Major Trapero said: “We have to be cautious not to criminalize the ones who didn’t see or act.”

Even with Mr. Abouyaaqoub on the run, Spain kept its level of terrorism alert on Monday at four, on a scale from one to five.

At a news conference in Madrid, Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido praised the “fluid” cooperation between the authorities in Barcelona and Madrid since the attacks. Mr. Zoido urged citizens to join a march next Saturday in Barcelona to condemn terrorism. “We all make ours the suffering of Barcelona,” he said.


Police separate neo-Nazis, opponents at Berlin march

BERLIN — Some 500 far-right extremists began a march in Berlin on Saturday in honor of the 30th anniversary of the death of top Nazi Rudolf Hess.

About 500 counter-demonstrators gathered nearby the parade in the Spandau district, separated by hundreds of heavily armored police.

Berlin police spokesman Carsten Mueller told The Associated Press that authorities have imposed a number of restrictions on Saturday’s march to ensure it passes peacefully.

Police have told organizers they can march, but they’re not allowed to glorify Hess, who died at Spandau prison. The neo-Nazis are allowed to bring banners: but only one for every 50 participants.

A neo-Nazi rally held in memory of Adolf Hitler's deputy Rudolf Hess in Hess's Bavarian hometown of Wunsiedel, southern Germany, 2002. (photo: AP/Udo Bartsch)

Such restrictions are common in Germany and rooted in the experience of the pre-war Weimar Republic, when opposing political groups would try to forcibly interrupt their rivals’ rallies, resulting in frequent bloody street violence.
The exact rules differ according to the circumstances, but police in Germany say they generally try to balance protesters’ rights to free speech and free assembly against the rights of counter-demonstrators and residents.

The rules mean that shields, helmets and batons carried by far-right and Neo-Nazi protesters in Charlottesville last weekend wouldn’t be allowed in Germany.

Openly anti-Semitic chants would prompt German police to intervene, although efforts would be made to detain specific individuals rather than to stop an entire rally, police say.

Nazi war criminals Rudolf Hess (left) and Joachim von Ribbentrop in the defendants' box during the 1946-7 Nuremberg trials. (Truman Library/Wikipedia)

Left-wing groups expected about 1,000 people to attend the counter-protests.

Hess, who received a life sentence at the Nuremberg trials for his role in planning World War II, died on Aug. 17, 1987. Allied authorities ruled his death a suicide, but Nazi sympathizers have long claimed that he was killed and organize annual marches in his honor.

The marches used to take place in the Bavarian town of Wunsiedel, where Hess was buried until authorities removed his remains.

Police investigating Finland stabbing as terror attack

HELSINKI, Finland — Finnish police are now investigating a stabbing spree in Finland that left two people dead as a terrorist attack, police said Saturday, identifying the suspect as an 18-year-old Moroccan citizen.

“The act had been investigated as murder, but during the night we received additional information which indicates that the criminal offenses are now terrorist killings,” police said in a statement.

The suspect’s “identity is known to the police. He is an 18-year-old Moroccan citizen,” it said.

Police arrested five people in a Turku apartment overnight in their investigation into a stabbing rampage that left two people dead, they said.

Police shot and wounded a knife-wielding suspect on Friday, arresting him minutes after an afternoon stabbing spree at a Turku market square. Police on Saturday raised the number of injured in the attack from six to eight.

“There was a raid and we have now six suspects in custody, the main suspect and five others,” detective superintendent Markus Laine of the National Bureau of investigation told AFP.

“We are investigating the role of these five other people but we are not sure yet if they had anything to do with (the attack)… We will interrogate them, after that we can tell you more. But they had been in contact with the main suspect,” Laine said.

A woman places a memorial candle at the Market Square for the victims of Friday's stabbings in Turku, Finland, on Friday evening, Aug. 18, 2017. Several people were stabbed on the Market Square on Friday. (Vesa Moilanen/Lehtikuva via AP)

The suspect is being treated in hospital in intensive care for a gunshot wound to the thigh.

Media reports in Finland said police believed the suspect had picked his victims at random, but Laine could not confirm that.

Police have said it was likely the suspect acted alone, but added they were looking for “other possible perpetrators.”

Central Turku was swiftly cordoned off after the attack, which occurred just after 4:00 p.m. (1300 GMT), although the area was reopened several hours later.

Finland also raised its emergency readiness across the country after the stabbing, increasing security at airports and train stations and putting more officers on the streets.

In June, Finland’s intelligence and security agency Supo raised the country’s terror threat level by a notch, from “low” to “elevated”, the second notch on a four-tier scale.

It said at the time it saw an increased risk of an attack committed by the the so-called Islamic State (IS) group.

Police spell out Turku stabbing case: two killed, eight injured

The police focus on the victims being ten. Eight victims were reported earlier.
The police have clarified the number of victims of serial fake attacks in Turku on Friday.

The Southwest Finland police tweeted after midnight on Saturday that two people died in stabbing and eight were injured. In addition, the suspect is hospitalized.

Earlier, there were eight reported victims.

Turun puukotuksen uhriuku on täsmentynyt. Loukkaantuneita on kahdeksan ja kuolleita on kaksi. Lisäksi epäilty on sairaalahoidossa. 

If the tweet does not show up, you see it here .

The KRP will announce more on Saturday at 14:00

On Friday, at 16 o’clock in the center of Turku, a series of woodcuts took place. The suspect started to launch a series of bloodstains at the Turku Market Square at 16.02.

The suspect stabbed at the Market Square at least two people, and continued trading at Puutori.

The police confirmed at a news conference that the onlookers in the market came to protect people and drove the suspect behind.

Police fired the suspect by shooting this thorn at 16.05 Brahenkatu. The police took over the suspect’s knife.

The investigation of the case has been transferred to the National Bureau of Investigation. The National Bureau of Investigation plans to inform more of what happened on Saturday at 14.00. At the

press conference, the police still could not comment on whether this is a case of terrorism.

From the order of the Chief of Police, police preparedness has been added throughout Finland. Alert has also been raised in the Turku and Helsinki ports and Helsinki-Vantaa airport.

New information from police about suspected Turku stabbing: a foreign-born, young man

The police gave details of the incident at around 21:20.
According to the police, on Friday, 16.02, police received information that a number of people were stabbed on and around the Turku Market Square.

The police were quickly on the spot and caught the suspect at 16.05. The police were forced to use a firearm in captivity, shooting the suspect in the lower body.

The police say that the suspect is a foreign-born, male-minded male person who is being treated in a hospital.

There are eight victims, two of them dead.

The police will continue to investigate the matter, such as the suspect’s identity and motive. The investigation has been transferred to the Central Bureau of Investigation.

The police earlier called on people to avoid the center of Turku, but the center is now safe. Police preparedness has been raised as a result and police visibility has been added to urban centers throughout the country.

Police investigate apartment building in Turku Varissuolla – the owner of a van wants to live in the house Turku stakes

The police carried out the task in the apartment building area in Turun Varissu, just before 10 o’clock in the evening.
  • In the center of Turku there has been a series of woodcuts. The situation is past by the police.
  • Two stabbing victims have died and six injured.
  • Suspected of being a foreign-born, teenage man, according to the police.
  • The police shot the suspect in the lower body and took it. Suspect is hospitalized.
  • The police will check whether any other suspect is involved in the case.
  • The police searched for the white Fiat Ducato in Turku’s mouth in Turku.
  • The police are requesting more information on events in the headings 0503499187 and 0503268089.

The police carried out the task in the apartment building area in Turun Varissu, just before 10 o’clock in the evening.

About nine police released a news bulletin asking the public for sightings of a white van with a registration number. The holder of that car is in a house where the police operate on Friday night.

In the yard of the apartment building there was a police black-skinned vans with one police officer on the driver’s seat. At the arrival of Ilta-Sanomat police officers went from the car to the apartment building and from the apartment building to the car.

The situation seemed rather calm from about ten o’clock.

Police: Charlottesville Was ‘Inside Job’ To Ignite Race War

A Charlottesville police officer claims the riots, which pitched white supremacists against Antifa, were set up to further the agenda of the elites.

A Charlottesville police officer has come forward to express his anger at being told to “stand down” by the city mayor during violent clashes between protestors. He also claims the protests, which pitched “white supremacists” against members of Antifa, were “set up” to further the agenda of the elites.

We [Charlotesville police] were ordered to bring the rival groups together. As soon as they were in contact with each other, we were told to stand down. It was outrageous. We weren’t allowed to arrest anyone without asking the mayor first. We weren’t even allowed to stop the driver as he sped away.

The event was being set up as far back as at least May and it went like clockwork.”

NEW VIDEO: Car That Plowed Into Charlottesville Crowd Spotted Leaving the Scene

Michael Signer, the mayor of Charlottesville, ordered police to stand down during the most chaotic and destructive period of the protests – despite police protests against the orders.

We wanted to do our job and keep the peace. But these mother******s in charge really want to destroy America.”

Fox News reporter Doug McKelway was on the scene in Charlottesville and he backs up the police officer’s claims.

I can say, havig been in Emancipation Park from early on that morning, that what I saw with my own two eyes confirms what this law enforcement source told us. At least from all visible apearances. We saw people coming out of that park who had headwounds, who were bleeding from the head, people walking into that park with bats, with sticks — you saw what they were wearing — helmets, body armor, they had come — and this pertains to both sides — they had come to do damage.. you cannot help but notice from that video that police had been more pro-active, they could have potentially calmed this thing down to some degree.”

Michael Signer is a Virginia Democratic activist with close ties to Barack Obama and John Podesta. Before landing the Charlottesville mayor job he previously worked closely with Podesta at the Center of American Progress and worked with him again on Barack Obama’s State Department Transition Team.

The New World Order, led in the United States by elite operatives Obama, Podesta, Soros, Clinton and company, are pulling out all the stops to create division through chaos and destruction. Crowds of paid protestors and useful psychopaths are being sent into pitched battle against one another to sour the mood of the nation and further divide us all.

They are manipulating and controlling newsworthy events in order to maintain power and control over the public, and to swing public opinion.

Deep state operatives

The man accused of being a neo-Nazi and murdering a woman by deliberately driving into her during protests in Charlottesville is in reality a supporter of Hillary Clinton and member of Antifa in receipt of funding by George Soros.

White supremacist and ‘Unite the Right’ leader, Jason Kessler, has been exposed as a supporter of former President Obama and the a hardline member of far-left Occupy movement.

When did he change his political leaning? According to the Southern Poverty Law Center (an organization that is certainly no friend to Conservatives), Kessler revealed his political transformation around November 2016, the same month Donald Trump won the presidential election.

If you think that is suspicious, wait until you learn about the other actors in this enormous set-up event.

First man on the scene

Brennan Gilmore was “on the scene” and was the author of the first viral tweet about Charlottesville. He was later interviewed by MSNBC. He was presented as an accidental witness. But who is he really?

Gilmore worked in Africa as a State Department foreign officer under Hillary Clinton. The New York Times mentioned this “coincidence” – and then later deleted it. Brennan Gilmore was also involved with the Kony hoax in 2012, and he is currently Chief of Staff for Tom Perrielo, who is running for Governor of Virginia and received $380k from George Soros.

So the first man on the scene, whose tweet went viral, and who was later interviewed on mainstream news as a witness, just happened to be a State Department insider with a long history of involvement in psy-ops? If you think this isn’t fishy, how about this – since the Charlottesville protests and his appearance in the media, his information was suddenly removed from State Department websites.

The elites know we are onto them, and they are trying to cover their tracks. They can censor Google and social media and close down accounts, but they will never be able to stop us sharing information and speaking to each other.

Police impersonator arrested trying to enter Long Island synagogue

A 28-year-old New York City man was arrested for pretending to be a police officer in order to enter an Orthodox synagogue in a Long Island suburb.

Police arrested Mikhail Mikhaylov of Far Rockaway, Queens, after he entered Temple Young Israel of Woodmere, in the heavily Orthodox Five Towns area, at the end of services on Saturday morning.

News12 reported that Mikhaylov was wearing an NYPD baseball cap and badge and was armed with handcuffs and pepper spray, but when a security guard asked him to show his police identification, he fled the scene.

An attorney representing Mikhaylov said he came to the synagogue to pray.

One of Mikhaylov’s neighbors in Queens told News12 that he was surprised by the events.

“He actually has prayed at my synagogue at times,” the unidentified neighbor said.

Payout for US Muslim woman whose hijab was removed by police

LOS ANGELES, United States — A California city has agreed to pay $85,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a Muslim woman whose hijab was forcibly removed by the police.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, (CAIR) which announced the settlement on Thursday, had sued the city of Long Beach on behalf of Kirsty Powell, an African-American Muslim, “after police officers forcibly removed her hijab in view of other male officers and dozens of inmates.”

Powell, who wears the head covering “as part of her religious beliefs,” was “forced to spend the entire night exposed in custody and described the experience as deeply traumatizing,” the rights group said.

Powell was arrested during a traffic stop in May 2015 on outstanding warrants that were since cleared.

Long Beach voted Tuesday to approve the settlement, CAIR said, adding that nearby communities have already adopted policies protecting religious headwear in detention following similar lawsuits.

Now female officers are required to remove the headscarves of female inmates “when necessary for officer safety,” and away from male officers and inmates, Long Beach assistant city attorney Monte Machit told the Los Angeles Times.

During the arrest officers told Powell that she had to remove her hijab.

Powell was denied requests for a female officer to search her, and was denied requests to wear her hijab in custody.

“I would never want anyone to go through what I felt from this experience,” Powell said when the suit was filed last year, according to CAIR.

Egypt police kills 3 jihadists behind anti-Coptic attacks

CAIRO — Egypt’s interior ministry said Thursday its forces had killed three jihadists suspected of involvement in deadly attacks against the country’s Coptic Christian minority.

An officer also died in a shootout in the southern province of Qena on Tuesday, security officials said.

Egypt is battling a local affiliate of the Islamic State terror group, which has claimed attacks that have killed more than 100 Copts since December.

The shootout occurred after a suspected jihadist, who had previously been detained, guided police to an alleged hideout in Qena, the ministry said in a statement.

“As soon as the security forces reached the location, the terrorist elements suddenly opened fire using all types of weapons, which forced them to retaliate,” it said.

The shootout led to the killing of the detained suspect, a policeman who was guarding him, and two other suspected jihadists, the ministry said.

At the hideout, police found weapons and “gold jewellery which was probably stolen from some of the Christian victims” of a previous attack.

A general view shows people looking at the aftermath following a bomb blast which struck worshippers gathering to celebrate Palm Sunday at the Mar Girgis Coptic Church in the Nile Delta City of Tanta, north of Cairo, on April 9, 2017. (AFP Photo/Stringer)

On May 26, masked gunmen killed 29 Copts as they travelled in a bus to Saint Samuel monastery in Minya province south of the Egyptian capital.

The bus attack followed two suicide bombings of churches in April that killed 45 Copts. In December, a suicide bomber struck a church in Cairo, killing 29 Copts.

Copts make up about 10 percent of Egypt’s 90-million population.

Egypt’s IS affiliate is based in northern Sinai, where hundreds of soldiers and policemen have been killed in attacks since the military’s ouster in 2013 of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.