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Trio arrested in France as probe continues into Barcelona and Cambrils attacks 

Three people were arrested in France for their alleged links with the attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils.

The operation was carried out by the French police services in collaboration with the Civil Guard and the Mossos d’Esquadra

“The three detainees are directly related to the terrorist Driss Oukabir, currently in prison,” said a spokesman.

The arrests were made in the Occitan districts of Gard and Tarn (France).

A total of 16 people were killed when a van drove into crowds on the popular Las Ramblas boulevard in the heart of Barcelona and in a knife attack in the nearby resort of Cambrils in August 2017.

A statement issued by the Spanish police confirmed: “The French police services, in collaboration with the Information Service of the Civil Guard and the General Information Office of the Mossos d’Esquadra, pro-ceeded to arrest three people for their alleged relationship with Driss Oukabir, currently in prison for his alleged membership of the terrorist cell that attacked in Barcelona and Cambrils last August. The arrests have been made in the Occitan districts of Gard and Tarn. Likewise, agents have made several searches in French homes.”

“After the attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils, one of the main lines of research that was opened, and which still remains active, was to find possible connections of the members of the terrorist cell with third parties residing outside of Spain. And in this area, once again, the close collaboration of the French authorities has paid off. This collaboration with the Civil Guard and the Mossos d’Esquadra, is key to the correct clarification of the possible links that this terrorist cell has been able to maintain abroad.”

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

Spain’s Minister for the Interior Juan Ignacio Zoido also confirmed the arrests on his Twitter site.