(Senior Research Scholar at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) and the Institute for Policy and Strategy (IPS) at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC( in Herzlyia, Israel).
Copyright: International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT), Herzlyia, Israel.
RIEAS Publication date: 20 August 2017
Note: The article reflects the opinion of the author and not necessarily the views of the Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS).
From the information published by the media, most of it from official sources - police and local politicians - a profile of the terrorist cell responsible for the Barcelona and Cambrils vehicle attacks emerges.
The sequence of events
The series of events began on the night of August 16, at 23:17, when a huge explosion destroyed a house in the city of Alcanar, some 200km. south-west of Barcelona, killed at first one person and left seven wounded. Initially the blast was blamed on a gas explosion, as some 20 canisters of propane and butane were found in the ruins. The body of a woman was discovered among rubble along with a man who was taken to hospital in a critical condition. The house had been occupied for just a few months before the blast...Read more