Spain Police find belt with real explosives

Police in northeastern Spain said Wednesday they found a belt charged with real explosives in a house where a fatal explosion last week derailed the initial plans by an extremist cell to strike with bombs in Barcelona rather than vehicle attacks that eventually killed 14 people.

A 15th victim was killed when one of the attackers made his getaway. Six of the attackers shot dead by police – five on Friday and one Monday – were wearing fake suicide belts.

It wasn’t immediately clear if the belt found amid remains of the blast in Alcanar, about 200km south of Barcelona, was meant to be used by the imam, Abdelbaki Es Satty, who allegedly masterminded the attacks and recruited the others in the cell according to the testimony by the two jailed survivors.

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