A short drive from the French border, 12 members of the terror cell helped each other along the path to radicalisation and mass murder

Nowhere is the shock at last Friday’s attack in Barcelona greater than in Ripoll, a small town of just 11,000 people in the foothills of the Pyrenees, a short drive south of the French border.

There, residents have been coming to terms with the news that not only were many of the terrorists little more than boys – four of those shot by police after driving into a group of pedestrians in Cambrils, south of Barcelona, in the early hours of Friday, were teenagers – but that many of them had lived among them in Ripoll.

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