The cell requested credits a month before 17-A to buy explosives

The cell requested credits a month before 17-A to buy explosives

Barcelona, ​​Aug 7 (EFE) .- Several members of the terrorist cell of 17-A asked a month before the bombings in Barcelona and Cambrils (Tarragona) fast credits to be able to buy supposedly the precursors with which to manufacture the explosives, in some cases using false names.

This is indicated by the General Police Information Office of the Mossos d’Esquadra in a report, which Efe has had access to, which is included in the 21 volumes of the investigation summary of the 17-A attacks on which the judge of the Audiencia Nacional Fernando Andreu has raised the secret.

As a result of this report, Judge Andreu ordered in an order dated June 18 that the financiers with whom the terrorists had allegedly been in contact – Coofidis, and DineroRapid – provide all the documentation related to the loans granted to the members of the cell, with the objective of “knowing all the financing channels” of the investigated.

Specifically, according to the Mossos, one of the terrorists killed in Cambrils, Mohamed Hichamy, made four calls to Cofidis between July 4 and 8, 2017, according to the study of the registration of his mobile phone.

Taking into account that the financial Cofidis “offers money on credit in a very fast way”, according to the Mossos, “everything seems to indicate that Mohamed Hichami’s will was to obtain money on credit (evident not to be returned) in order to acquire the precursor substances for the manufacture of the explosives, as it has been confirmed that they did during those dates “.

Hichami made these calls between July 4 and 8, which for researchers is “especially important”, since he contacted the financial institution on a date “very close to August 20, 2017, a date that seemed the one planned by the terrorists to commit the attacks “, which finally precipitated them on August 17 after the house of Alcanar (Tarragona) in which they prepared the explosives was blown up.

According to the report, the author of the attack on the Ramblas,

According to the report, the author of the attack on the Ramblas,

Younes Abouyaaqoub, and Mohamed Hichamy -one of the terrorists killed in Cambrils-, applied for a loan to Cofidis on July 4, 2017, just one month and thirteen days before the attacks. , “so it can be inferred that this request could be motivated to help the management of the attacks.”

Likewise, the Mossos stand out, both Hicham Aouyaaqoub – brother of Younes and another of the terrorists killed in Cambrils -, and Rachid Oukabir – brother of two of the members of the cell, Moussa, killed in Cambrils, and Driss, one of the imprisoned- also requested loans to the same entity, “that could well obey this same strategy”.

In addition, after analyzing the contents of a mobile phone found in the rubble of Alcanar, belonging to Mohamed Houli -one of the inmates-, the Mossos have detected that he received several SMS from micro-credit companies such as and Dinerorapid, so They conclude that he searched these companies.

These SMS are also revealing, according to the Mossos, because they show “again” another of the strategies set by the terrorist cell and that had also been observed in previous operations, such as the use of a “fictitious identity”, since several of the messages received on Houli’s mobile are directed to “Nelu Daniel”.

“This instruction infers that the identity of Nelu Daniel could well respond to this tactic of making it impossible and difficult for a subsequent tracking by the police bodies, in addition to cheating and swindling the microcredit company,” the Mossos maintain.

In this sense, the autonomic police stresses that in the acquisition of SIM cards, the cell members also used non-existent identities, taking advantage of the fact that in some sales establishments the security and identification measures were “lax or non-existent, to the obligation of them to identify the buyers of said cards “.

The Mossos highlight in their report that the requests to microcredit companies to finance terrorist attacks on a global scale can be “tracked in time”, since Amedy Coulibaly obtained a credit of 6,000 euros to finance the Paris bombing, since with that Sum acquired several weapons and paid a ticket for his partner to join the ranks of Daesh in Syria.

In addition, this method of financing has been used by “foreign fighters” to move to areas of conflict, “being money that will never be returned and that will cede to the terrorist organization Daesh once they reach their territory,” according to the Mossos. EFE.