Barcelona attack van driver shot dead

Police confirm he is Younes Abouyaaqoub

Barcelona attack van driver shot dead

Police stand guard at Las Ramblas, Barcelona, 18-08-2017. Image: Xinhua/Xu Jinquan

Spanish police have confirmed a man shot dead in Spain is Barcelona attacker Younes Abouyaaqoub.

He was driving the van, which left 13 people dead in a terror attack, last Thursday.

Younes Abouyaaquob was believed to be wearing a suicide belt when he was shot by officers in Subirats.

Earlier it was announced the number of dead from the twin Catalonia attacks has risen to 15. 

There are now calls for barriers to be introduced in the Las Ramblas area where the attack happened.

John Ward has lived in Las Ramblas for the past 17 years: