ISIS terrorists laughing as they make bombs together ahead of Barcelona atrocity that left 16 people dead
Disturbing new images have emerged of the jihadis who carried out the terror attacks in Barcelona last year which left 16 innocent people dead.
Pictures show the group manufacturing up to 500kg of an explosive known as the Mother Of Satan in a makeshift bomb factory in the city of Alcanar which they packed into pillowcases, home-made grenades and a suicide vest.
Fortunately the bombs exploded before they could be used, taking two of the terrorists with them, but the pictures give a chilling reminder of how much worse the attacks could have been had everything gone to plan.
The explosion in Alcanar on August 16 prompted the group to switch tactics and launch a van attack on Las Ramblas, in Barcelona, the following day – killing 13 and leaving more than 100 injured.
Another man was stabbed to death the same day and his car used to ram a police barricade, before another car attack in Cambrils on August 17 killed another women and left dozens hurt.
The attacks ended on August 18 when Younes Abouyaaqoub was killed during a shootout with police.
The images show Abouyaaqoub alongside Youssef Aalla, Omar Hichamy, Mohamed Hichamy, and Mohamed Houli Chemlal laughing and joking as they prepare the bombs.
Other pictures show members of the group posing next to the Eiffel Tower in Paris, which they visited shortly before carrying out the Barcelona attack.
Aalla was killed in the explosion in Alcanar, Omar and Mohamed Hichamy were shot and killed by police in Cambrils, while Chemlal survived the Alcanar blast and is currently on trial.
Police believe the terrorists wanted to use pillowcases full of explosives to make one large bomb or three smaller bombs which would have been placed inside rented vans then detonated around the province of Catalonia.
Alongside the explosives, investigators found 120 cans of gas which would have been used to increase their deadly power.
Also inside the apartment were bags of nails, screws and lumps of metal which would have been packed around the bombs to act as shrapnel, maiming victims and causing further deaths.
The terrorists had also manufactured 19 hand grenades and a suicide vest to be used during the atrocity.
Images of the group preparing the devices were found on cameras inside the hideout and have since been released by investigators.
The group sold their relatives’ jewellery and stole items from work in order to finance their scheme, according to Spanish newspaper El Pais.
In video tapes found alongside the images, on of the group can be heard saying: ‘Suffer. Enemies of Allah!’
‘Every gram of this iron is going into your heads or those of your children or your wives,’ another says. One adds: ‘This is the poison we are going to give to the enemies of Allah to taste.’
Chemlal remains on trial alongside Driss Oukabir, who is accused of renting one of the vans used in the attack.
Salh El Karib and Mohamed Aalla were also arrested at the time of the attack, but later released on bail after a judge ruled that there was not enough evidence to detain them.
Houssaine Abouyaaqoub, Said Aallaa and Moussa Oukabir were shot and killed during the Cambrils attack.
Abdelbaki Es Satty, a 44-year-old imam from Ripoll, where most of the terror cell lived, was also killed in the Alcanar explosion and is believed to have masterminded the plot.
Officers said bomb-making guides know to be linked to ISIS were found inside the Alcanar property, though it is not clear if the group were directed by the terror group or merely influenced by it.
The attacks were the deadliest in Spain since the 2004 Madrid train bombings and the deadliest in Barcelona since the 1987 Hipercor bombing.
Source: Daily Mail