Abouyaaqoub is one of 12 suspects who police said carried out attacks on Thursday that killed 14 people and injured more than 120 in the Catalon capital, Barcelona, and the seaside town of Cambrils.
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Spanish authorities said it was unclear if Abouyaaqoub was the driver of a van that plowed into a crowded tourist destination in downtown Barcelona. The driver fled, and may have crossed the border into France, police said.
Ghanimi told reporters that she wanted her son to go to jail, according to a translation by Abouyaaqoub’s cousin, Fatima.
“She doesn’t want others to be killed,” she said.
Ghanimi also pointed to a local mosque as a place where the suspected terrorists may have been radicalized.