Barcelona terror probe focuses on imam

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By Euronews
Barcelona terror probe focuses on imam

<p>One of the suspect in last weeks Barcelona terror attack has reportedly told a court the Islamist militant cell had planned using gas cylinders to make a powerful bomb, guided by instructed found on the internet. </p> <p>The group are said to have been planning a major attack on churches or monuments. </p> <p>The court was told an imam led the group of mainly young Moroccons, coaching them in jihad, teaching them that martydom is good.</p> <p>Tuesday’s (August 22) court hearing was the first in a long legal process. It could be months or even years before the case is brought to a full trial. </p> <p>After a day-long court hearing, one of the suspects was released on condition that he does not leave Spain. </p> <p>The three others will remain in police custody, one for further investigation.</p> <p>Two suspects have been charged with membership of a terrorist group and murder. One was further charged with possession of explosives. </p> <p>The plan to target monuments went wrong while the plotters were making the explosive devices a day before the Barcelona attacks, killing the imam and another man. The survivors hurried to change tactics, and used a car as a weapon to kill 13 people. </p> <p>In little more than a year, Islamist militants have used vehicles as weapons to kill nearly 130 people in France, Germany, Britain and now Spain.</p>