Barcelona van attack suspect shot dead

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Regional police in Spain say the man they shot who was wearing a possible explosives belt in a town outside Barcelona is Las Ramblas attack suspect Younes Abouyaaqoub.

The 22-year-old fugitive in Spain had been at the center of a massive manhunt.

In a tweet Monday afternoon, the Catalan police service said a suspect was shot in Subirats, a town 45 kilometers (28 miles) west of Barcelona.

Earlier, the La Vanguardia newspaper reported that Abouyaaqoub, the suspected driver who had mowed down pedestrians Thursday in Barcelona, had been captured in that area.

Authorities say they now have evidence he drove the van that plowed down the city's famed Las Ramblas promenade. A total of 15 people were killed and more than 120 were injured. 

The previous death toll was 14 -- 13 people killed in a van attack on Barcelona's Las Ramblas promenade on Thursday, and one woman killed hours later in Cambrils.

Catalan interior minister Joaquim Forn said that the new victim is a man found stabbed in a car. The car was believed to be used by one of the attackers to flee the scene.

Mourners have wept and hugged each other as they visited the main memorial site of the Barcelona attack while the city tries to get back to normal with the beginning of a new work week.

Crowds of people have continued to lay flowers, candles and heart-shaped balloons at the top of city's iconic Las Ramblas promenade where a van plowed into pedestrians, killing 13 and injuring more than 120 on Thursday. Hours later, one person was killed and several more injured when a car ran into a busy boardwalk in the nearby seaside resort of Cambrils.

Other smaller flower and candle tributes are located at different points of Las Ramblas along where the van drove.

Meanwhile, the promenade regained a semblance of normality.

Spanish newspaper El Pais has published images of what it says is the driver of the van attack supposedly making a getaway on foot after plowing through scores of people on Barcelona's iconic Las Ramblas promenade.

The three images show a slim man wearing sunglasses seemingly walking through what El Pais says is traditional La Boqueria market just off Las Ramblas.

Catalan authorities have confirmed on Monday that the van driver was Younes Abouyaaqoub, and that he is the last of the 12-man Islamic extremist cell to remain at large.

Thursday's van attack and a subsequent car attack in a nearby town hours later killed 14 people and injured more than 120 others.

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