Morocco begins rolling up ISIS network linked to Barcelona

Moroccan authorities have arrested two suspected ISIS operatives with links to the perpetrators of the van attack that killed 13 people in Barcelona last week. One, a man of 28, who lived in Barcelona for 12 years, was detained in Nador near the Spanish enclave of Melilla. He was alleged to have plotted an attack on the Spanish embassy in Rabat. The second suspect was arrested in the town of Oujda near the Algerian border. He formerly lived in the northwestern Spanish town of Ripoli, home to the Barcelona terrorist conspirators.
DEBKAfile was the first publication to reveal the existence of the Moroccan-Catalan ISIS network behind last week’s Barcelona attacks. Monday, Spanish security forces on Monday killed Younes Abouyaaqooub, driver of the van which rammed into a crowd of pedestrians in the Las Ramblas Blvd. They also identified as Abdelbaki Es Satty, instigator of these attacks, one of the bodies found at a clandestine bomb-making workshop which blew up a day before the Barcelona attack.

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