barcelona - The Spanish police are investigating the contacts with Ripoll's imam, the alleged leader of the attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils, with members of Islamic State in Belgium, Morocco and France. Police sources said against the newspaper El País that Imam Abdelbaki Es Satty was probably rationalized during one of those trips.
Police investigation shows that Es Satty is likely to be one of three people who died shortly before the attacks by an explosion in a property in Alcanar, south of Barcelona. There was an explosion shortly before the attacks. Presumably the explosion was an accident and the terrorists subsequently changed their plans for an attack.
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The imam of Ripoll was held in Ceuta, a Spanish enclave in North Africa in 2010. Because of the smuggling of 12 kilos of hash. He ended up in prison for four years.