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Spanish police: key Barcelona terror suspect 'is dead'

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The man thought to have driven the van that ploughed into pedestrians in Barcelona is believed to be dead, say Spanish police sources.

Moussa Oukabir, who is said to be 17 or 18 years old, is said to have been among the five suspected terrorists killed following the attack, according to a union official for Spain's Civil Guard

Oukabir was suspected of using his brother's documents to rent the van which ploughed through pedestrians in the popular Las Ramblas shopping area.

Mossos, Catalonia's police force, said it had identified those shot by police but did not confirm their names.

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Hunt for vehicle rented by Barcelona suspects

Flowers, messages and candles form a memorial tribute to the victims of the Barcelona attack. Credit: AP Photo/Manu Fernandez

Spanish police are looking for a vehicle rented by suspects of the Barcelona attack after reports it may have crossed into France.

A French security official said Spanish police gave them the information about the car which was rented on Thursday in Spain.

French police are on the lookout nationwide for the car which is a Kangoo utlity vehicle and were also handed information by the Spanish authorities about four suspects believed to be on the run.

France's interior minister said his country has reinforced police surveillance of what is normally an open border between the two countries.

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