Man wearing explosives belt shot dead west of Barcelona

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A man wearing a possible explosives belt has been shot dead in a town to the west of the Spanish city of Barcelona, local media report. It is believed that the man could be the fugitive from last week’s terror attack.

The incident began just after 4 p.m. local time on Monday when Catalonia police were called to a report of a suspicious person in the town of Subirats in Alt Penedès, which is about 31 kilometers (19 miles) west of Barcelona.

“The suspicious person has attached to his body what looks like a belt of explosives,” Catalonia regional police said on its official Twitter account. It added that the suspect had been shot dead by police officers.

Police would not comment on the suspect’s identity, but Spanish radio network Cadena SER reported that the man could be the fugitive from last week’s attack in Barcelona. Officers were not immediately able to confirm his identity because the man’s belt had not yet been examined by the bomb squad.

Earlier on Monday, police said that a Europe-wide manhunt was launched to find 22-year-old Younes Abouyaaqoub, the man who is believed to have been behind the wheel as a van plowed into people in Barcelona, killing 13 people and injuring more than 100 others. Abouyaaqoub then fled the scene and hijacked a car, whose driver was later found stabbed to death.

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