Police probe French link to Barcelona terrorists
Terrorists who carried out the atrocities in Barcelona and Cambrils on August 17th had visited France and the Eiffel Tower just five days before the Spanish attacks, police have revealed.
Four of them were known to have been in an Audi 3 on August 11th and 12th, the same vehicle used on the promenade of Cambrils with the intention of causing a massacre. The ringleader behind the Rambla carnage, Younes Abouyaaqoub was the same man behind the wheel.
The revelations were made by France’s Minister of the Interior, Gérard Collomb who said an investigation was now underway to find out if the Spanish-based jihadists had links with a French cell just discovered by the police.
It is also known that the terrorists stopped to buy a camera during their lightning trip to France but Mr. Collomb said: “No-one can believe they made a journey to France just to buy a camera and be tourists!”
The suspected French terrorist cell was discovered in Villejuif where they had a laboratory of explosives, the same ones that exploded in Alcanar, Spain.
The French authorities have revealed the movements of the Spanish terrorists were tracked via their mobile phones which are now in the hands of Spain’s investigators.
The Interior Minister told France Info that they bought the camera in one of the stores of the chain Fnac in Paris.
Before returning to Spain, they visited the Eiffel Tower. Whilst on the motorway, a service station owner had reason to note the number plate of their car.
The trio arrested in France say they were making explosives so they could be used for blowing up bank ATMs and had no terrorist links.