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The Latest: Police shoot and kill Barcelona van attacker

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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The Latest on the aftermath of the Spain attacks (all times local):

6:35 p.m.

Regional police in Spain have confirmed that fugitive Barcelona van suspect Younes Abouyaaqoub has been shot dead in a small town outside the city.

Police say he wore what appeared to be an explosives belt when he was shot in Subirats, 45 kilometers (28 miles) west of Barcelona.

Abouyaaqoub had been the focus of an intense manhunt after authorities say he used a van to mow down pedestrians in Barcelona’s famous Las Ramblas promenade on Thursday, killing 13 people and injuring over 120. Police also say he stabbed a driver to death and hijacked his car Thursday night in his getaway.

6:25 p.m.

Regional police have confirmed that the fugitive Barcelona van attack suspect Younes Abouyaaqoub has been shot down in a small town outside the city.

In a tweet, the Catalan regional police say Abouyaaqoub was the suspect wearing an explosives belt who was shot Monday afternoon in Subirats, a town west of Barcelona.

Abouyaaqoub had been the subject of a massive manhunt since the attack Thursday in Barcelona that killed 13 people and wounded over 120.

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6 p.m.

The daughter of a Catalan vineyard owner says her father alerted police after they saw a car crossing their property at high speed even though the vineyard was closed off.

Regional police say they shot a man Monday afternoon in that area amid a massive manhunt for the fugitive from the Barcelona van attack. Catalan public radio says a bomb disposal robot has removed a possible explosives belt from the downed suspect.

Roser Venura says police told them to immediately leave the Ventura Soler cava vineyard, located between the towns of Sadurni d’Anoia and Subirats, 45 kilometers (28 miles) west of Barcelona. She says “we heard a helicopter flying around and many police cars coming toward the gas station” near the property.

The La Vanguardia newspaper reported that Barcelona van attack suspect Younes Abouyaaqoub, 22, had been captured in the area. Police would not confirm that.

5:30 p.m.

Catalan public radio says a bomb disposal robot has removed a possible explosives belt from a suspect who was shot down by police in a town outside Barcelona.

Regional police tweeted that they had shot the man Monday afternoon in an operation amid a massive manhunt for the fugitive from the Barcelona van attack.

The radio reported the suspect’s body was face down in Subirats, a town 45 kilometers (28 miles) west of Barcelona.

Earlier, the La Vanguardia newspaper reported that Younes Abouyaaqoub, 22, had been captured in the area. Police would not confirm that.

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5:15 p.m.

Regional police in Spain say they have shot a man who was wearing possible explosives belt in town outside Barcelona.

It was not clear if the man was Younes Abouyaaqoub, the 22-year-old fugitive that Spain has been searching for in a massive manhunt.

In a tweet Monday afternoon, the Catalan police service said a suspect was shot in Subirats, a town 45 kilometers (28 miles) west of Barcelona.

Earlier, the La Vanguardia newspaper reported that Abouyaaqoub, the suspected driver who had mowed down pedestrians Thursday in Barcelona, had been captured in that area. Police would not confirm that.

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5:05 p.m.

Catalan police say a police operation in Subirats, a town 45 kilometers (28 miles) west of Barcelona, is still going on due to the presence of a “suspicious person.”

The Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia is reporting Monday afternoon that the fugitive suspect in the deadly Barcelona van attack has been captured there, but police won’t confirm that.

Younes Abouyaaqoub, 22, has been the target of an international manhunt since Thursday’s van attack in Barcelona.

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4:50 p.m.

The Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia is reporting that the fugitive suspect in the Barcelona van attack has been captured.

Police have not confirmed that, but Catalan police say Monday afternoon that they are conducting an operation in the same area, a town 45 kilometers (28 miles) west of Barcelona.

Younes Abouyaaqoub, 22, has been the target of an international manhunt since Thursday’s van attack in Barcelona. Authorities say they now have evidence he drove the van that plowed down the city’s famed Las Ramblas promenade, killing 13 pedestrians and injuring more than 120 others.

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4:45 p.m.

Catalan regional police says they are investigating an incident in a town 45 kilometers (28 miles) west of Barcelona.

They say in a tweet Monday there is an ongoing police operation there.

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1:55 p.m.

Spain’s interior minister is meeting with representatives of almost all political parties to brief them about the investigation into the deadly attacks that killed 15 people in Catalonia last week.

It was the first time the anti-terror group has met since the deadly attacks in the French city of Nice last year. The governing Popular Party and the main opposition Socialists set up the group in 2015.

Lawmakers of all other parliamentary parties are attending the meeting in Madrid, either as participants or as observers, except for a coalition of Basque nationalist parties who have criticized the government’s anti-terrorism policies.

Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido was expected to explain the decision to not upgrade the country’s terrorism alert level after the attacks in Barcelona and a nearby coastal town.

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