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Death toll in Spain attacks rises to 15


Interior Minister for the Catalan government Joaquim Forn (C) speaks past Josep Lluis Trapero, chief of the Catalan regional police “Mossos D’Esquadra” (R) and Justice Minister of the Catalan Government Carles Mundo during a press conference in Barcelona on August 21, 2017. Spanish police said on August 21, 2017 that they have identified the driver of the van that mowed down pedestrians on the busy Las Ramblas boulevard in Barcelona, killing 13. The 22-year-old Moroccan Younes Abouyaaqoub is believed to be the last remaining member of a 12-man cell still at large in Spain or abroad, with the others killed by police or detained over last week’s twin attacks in Barcelona and the seaside resort of Cambrils that claimed 14 lives, including a seven-year-old boy. / AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENE

The death toll in Spain’s terror attacks has risen to 15, Catalonia’s regional minister Joaquim Forn said Monday, as a man found stabbed dead in a car outside Barcelona was linked to the case.

“We are raising the number of victims from 14 to 15 to include the victim in the vehicle found in Sant Just,” he told journalists.

The victim was identified as Pau Perez, a Spaniard from Vilafranca del Penedes, some 65 kilometres (40 miles) from Barcelona.

He was found fatally stabbed in a Ford Focus that had forced a police checkpoint Thursday just after a van ploughed through crowds in Barcelona’s Las Ramblas boulevard, killing 13 people.

Police had fired at the car when it forced the checkpoint, injuring an officer, and initially thought the man they found in the car had been killed by the gunfire.

An investigation later revealed he had been stabbed.

On Monday, Forn said the incident was linked to the Barcelona car-ramming attack.

Police believe Perez was stabbed by Younes Abouyaaqoub, the alleged van driver.

He managed to flee the scene of the carnage on foot, and is thought to have killed Perez to grab his car and escape the city.

He is still on the run and police Europe-wide are hunting for him.

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