Four men —Mohamed Houli Chemlal (from left), Driss Oukabir, Salah El Karib and Mohamed Aallaa — suspected of being part of a terror cell accused of killing 15 people in attacks in Spain leaves a Civil Guard base on the outskirts of Madrid prior to their court appearance on Tuesday.
The four suspected members of a terror cell — the only members believed to be alive — appeared in a Madrid court Tuesday in connection with the attacks in Spain last week that killed 15 people.
The hearing took place behind closed doors. But numerous Spanish and international news outlets say multiple suspects testified that a former imam was the mastermind of a failed plot to use explosives in a large-scale attack.
Suspect Mohamed Houli Chemlal testified that the initial targets included monuments in Barcelona, including the famed Sagrada Familia cathedral, the BBC reported, citing judicial sources.
Authorities say the imam, Abdelbaki Es Satty, was killed in an explosion in the city of Alcanar the day before the vehicle attacks in Barcelona and the resort town of Cambrils. As The Two-Way has reported, "authorities believe the explosion was the result of a failed attempt to make a bomb and that the deadly vehicle attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils were a fallback plot."
The Spanish newspaper El Pais reports that Es Satty had planned to immolate himself.
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