The manhunt continues for the main suspect in the Barcelona terrorist attack. Police are searching for 22- year- old Moroccan-born Younes Abouyaaqoub.
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Investigators are focusing their energy on finding Abouyaaqoub.
Despite this, Spain’s interior minister Juan Ignacio Zoido said the terrorist cell behind the attack has been dismantled. Catalonian officials, however, said that statement is premature.
“I think we can’t say that this terrorist cell is dismantled yet, we have a lot of work to do,” according to the Catalonian interior minstry’s Joaquim Forn. “It’s not work for one or two days. It needs time, patience and a lot of discretion.”
At a local hospital, the destruction caused by the terrorist attack is clear. Children with arms and legs bandaged lie in a ward, with the Spanish king and his wife attempting to lift their spirits.
King Felipe used the occasion to send a message to the terrorists.
“We are not afraid and we will never be,” Felipe VI said. “The symbol of coexistence that is Las Ramblas is back once again.”
Barcelona remains a city deep in shock. The hurt and anguish is clear to see, but local life is slowly returning to a sense of normality.
Las Ramblas’ famous market, La Boqueria, reopened for the first time on Saturday.
Manel Navarro is a security guard at the market. He was working when the attack took place, and said he continues to be haunted by the experience.
“There were body’s on the floor, people helping others who were lying down,” Navarro recounted. “The police were helping, the medical workers were reviving the people they could and covering the corpses they couldn’t. It was a moment of chaos.”