The Spanish Police think that Abdelbaki Es Satty was the leader of the terrorist cell that on 17 and 18 August 2017, attacked its targets in Barcelona and Cambrills.
When in prison, Es Satty formed a friendship with Rachid Aglif, sentenced to 21 years in jail for participating in a meeting to make preparations for the attacks in Madrid (11 March 2004).
Up until June, Abdelbaki Es Satty was the Imam of the mosque in the North of Ripoll.
As it happens, this mosque depends on the Syrian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, set up at Aix-la-Chapelle, Germany.
During the Cold War, the CIA requested the German government to grant asylum to the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood. This was after the Brotherhood’s attempted coup to oust President Hafez el-Assad failed. During the war against Syria, the Merkel government created a special unit in the Foreign Ministry to deal directly with the Muslim Brotherhood of Syria.