Three arrested in France for alleged relationship with the attacks in Catalonia

The French police services, the Guardia Civil and the Mossos d’Esquadra have detained three persons for the alleged relation to Driss Oukabir, who is in prison for his supposed membership of the terrorist group that attacked Barcelona and Cambrils last August. The arrests were made in the Occitan departments of Gard and Tarn, where agents searched several French homes.

After the attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils, one of the main lines of investigation opened up, and it was attempted to find possible connections of the members of the terrorist group, with third parties residing outside of Spain. The collaboration of the different services was essential in finding possible links.

Days before the attack, various terrorists went to Paris by car and took pictures in front of the Eiffel Tower, which led to the suspicion of possible attacks in France’s capital. Both the travels of terrorists and those of the brain of the cell, the Imam of Ripoll Abdelbaki Es Satty, has been suspected of the connections they might have in countries around Spain, such as France, Belgium and Germany.

The investigators hope that this action, and the data obtained in the registers, can incorporate relevant facts about the relationship and possible connection of the detainees with the terrorists participating in the attacks of last August.


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