‘Barcelona Imam Radicalized My Sons’

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Mourners gather around a makeshift memorial to the terror victims in Barcelona
Mourners gather around a makeshift memorial to the terror victims in Barcelona. (Photo: JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images)

The father of two of the Barcelona terrorists who were part of an Islamist terrorist cell accused the imam at the neighborhood mosque of radicalizing his sons.

“I don’t know what’s happened, I don’t know how to feel, they’re my sons but look at the evil they’ve done,” said Hechami Gasi, father of Mohamed and Omar Hychami who were shot dead in Cambrils in the early hours of Friday morning. “The imam must have put these ideas in their heads. They were good boys.”

The imam in question, Abdelbaki Es Satty, has been missing since August 15. He is believed to have been killed in an explosion in what police officers believe was an accident at a bomb-making factory run by the terror cell.

Es Satty is thought to be the mastermind behind the 12-person terror cell that was responsible for the van ramming that killed 13 on Barcelona’s famous Las Ramblas. An investigation of the house where the explosion occurred in the Spainish town of Alcanar netted 120 gas canisters.

In addition to the 13 killed in Barcelona, another woman died after being hit by a vehicle ramming in Cambrils on August 18.

Es Satty is said to be a Salafi associate of Rachid Aglif, accused and sent to jail for 18 years for his part in the 2004 train bombings in Madrid that killed 192.

Five jihadis were killed by the police following the attack with a sixth still on the run. Younes Abouyaaqoub, 22, is believed to have escaped Spain in rented vehicle – possibly to France.

In a news conference, Abouyaaqoub’s mother made an impassioned plea to her son to give himself up. “He must go to the police, he must hand himself in. He is better off in prison than being dead,” she said.

Four jihadis believed to be part of the cell are under arrest.

Police believe the cell was preparing the attacks for more than six months and the van ramming was just one of the attacks that they were planning for Barcelona.

Watch Clarion Project’s Ryan Mauro on Fox on the Salafist connection to radicalization and how 100 mosques in Spain, funded by America’s “allies” Saudi Arabia and Qatar  were known to have radical imam as early as 2011, long before ISIS burst onto the scene:

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Meira Svirsky

Meira Svirsky is the editor of ClarionProject.org

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