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Two of four suspects in Spain attacks held without bail; one freed

Published:Tuesday | August 22, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Four un-named alleged members of a terror cell accused of killing 15 people in attacks in Barcelona leave a civil guard base on the outskirts of Madrid before appearing in court in Madrid, Spain yesterday.


A judge ordered two of the four surviving suspects in the extremist attacks in Spain held without bail, another detained for 72 more hours and one freed with restrictions Tuesday after the men appeared in court to answer questions about the events that killed 15 people.

National Court Judge Fernando Andreu issued his orders after quizzing the four about the vehicle attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils, as well as about the fatal explosion at a bomb-making workshop that police said scuttled the group's plot to carry out a more deadly attack at unspecified Barcelona monuments.

The judge said there was enough evidence to hold Mohamed Houli Chemlal, 21, and Driss Oukabir, 28, on preliminary charges of causing homicides and injuries of a terrorist nature and of belonging to a terrorism organisation. Houli Chemlal also has an additional charge of dealing with explosives.

However, the judge ruled that the evidence was "not solid enough" to keep holding suspect Mohamed Aalla, who was freed on the conditions that he appear in court weekly, relinquish his passport, and not leave Spain.

The owner of a cybercafe in Ripoll, the Pyrenees hometown to most of 12 men originally identified as being members of the extremist cell behind the attacks, will remain in custody for at least 72 more hours while police inquiries continue, the judge said.