The group evaded authorities so well that even an explosion at their bomb factory was not at first linked to the extremists.
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The militant cell behind last week's twin attacks in Spain was built around a "guru" and went completely offline to avoid detection by anti-terrorist police.That key person in this case was Moroccan imam, Abdelbaki Es Satty, who was killed alongside another suspect in the blast accidentally triggered by the militants themselves.He may have presented two different faces to the people of Ripoll, the small town where he and many of the suspects lived, said Alberto Bueno, a member of the International Observatory of Studies on Terrorism. The experts also noted that the youth of many of the suspects – some of them as young as 17 – was no accident.One suspect survived the blast and has been jailed.Eight more people connected to the attacks are dead, six of them shot by police.
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