Following a terrorist attack in Barcelona, the National Police of Spain have arrested Driss Oukabir, a 28-year-old man who was born in Morocco who was initially named as a suspect.
Oukabir was the one who rented the van used in the attack, which occurred in the central area of Las Ramblas; a busy pedestrian walkway in Barcelona.
The lease was made at the company Telephonic: Rental of cheap vans, where he received a white van Fiat patent 7086JWD.
Oukabir was born in 1989, is Moroccan and legally resided in Spain. According to his Facebook account – which was deactivated after being confirmed that he was involved in the attack, he lived in the Spanish municipality of Ripoll, which is located in Catalonia.
Counter-terrorism officers reported that he had been in Madrid earlier this year; adding that they were looking into where he had stayed in the Spanish capital and who he had met there. He is believed to have arrived in Barcelona from Morocco on 13 August.
The man has a police record of mistreatment and had been detained in Figueras and was released in 2012.