Police hunting the chief suspect in last Thursday’s Barcelona van attack have shot dead a man in an area to the west of the city who appeared to be wearing an explosive belt.
The shooting is reported to have happened on a road in Subirats.
Earlier, police confirmed they were hunting for Younes Abouyaaqoub, 22, suspected of driving a van into dozens of people on Las Ramblas.
Police have not confirmed if the dead man was Abouyaaqoub.
Media reports quoting police sources said the man targeted in Subirats shouted “Allahu Akbar” (“God is Greatest”) when confronted.
The operation took place some 25 miles (40km) from Barcelona, where Thursday’s attack on Las Ramblas killed 13.