The Latest: Suspect in Spain attacks spent night in Zurich

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The Latest: Suspect in Spain attacks spent night in Zurich
The Latest: Suspect in Spain attacks spent night in Zurich

MADRID (AP) – The Latest on the investigation into the Spain attacks (all times local):

5:50 p.m.

A Swiss federal police official says at least one of the suspects in last week’s attacks in and near Barcelona spent a night in Zurich last year.

Fedpol spokeswoman Cathy Maret said information received from Spanish counterparts led Swiss police to turn up the name of one of the suspects in a Zurich hotel registry from December.

In an email Wednesday, Maret wrote: “We do not know the reasons for this visit to Switzerland. It is too early to issue a thorough analysis of the nature of possible direct links to Switzerland.”

Reached by phone, Maret declined to identify the suspect or indicate whether he was in custody or was killed during Spanish police operations following the attacks.

She said the suspect in the Zurich hotel could have been accompanied.

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3 p.m.

France’s interior minister says some of the men suspected in last week’s deadly attacks in Spain visited the Paris region two days beforehand.

Standing next to Spain’s visiting interior minister, Gerard Collomb said Wednesday “we are working to determine why the authors of the attacks came to Paris and what they did in the Paris region.”

He said a day earlier an Audi used by the attackers in the Spanish town of Cambrils had been flagged for speeding outside Paris, but did not specify when.

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1:50 p.m.

Portugal’s president and prime minister have attended the funerals of a Portuguese granddaughter and grandmother killed in last week’s attack in Barcelona.

Maria de Lurdes Ribeiro, 74 years old, and 20-year-old Maria Correia were in the Spanish city to celebrate the grandmother’s birthday when a van mowed down pedestrians in Las Ramblas.

Spanish King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia sent a message of condolences to the ceremony near Lisbon, calling the Barcelona attack “cruel and despicable.”

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1:15 p.m.

The interior ministers of France and Spain have held a minute of silence for the victims of the Spain attacks at the start of a meeting at the French gendarmerie headquarters outside Paris.

French minister Gerard Collomb and his Spanish counterpart Juan Ignacio Zoido are holding talks and signing off on plans for a joint eight-month training program of gendarmes in Spain.

The Spanish minister was also touring the French gendarmerie’s Operational Intelligence Center.

Collomb said in a TV interview a day earlier that the two countries were cooperating closely in the wake of last week’s deadly attacks in and near Barcelona that killed 15 people. Dozens of French citizens were wounded in the Barcelona van attack.

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12:50 p.m.

Police in northeastern Spain say they have found a belt with real explosives at the house where the terror cell accused of killing 15 people in attacks on Barcelona and another town last week had been preparing a bigger attack.

Six of the attackers shot dead by police were wearing fake suicide belts.

A police spokesman said Wednesday the belt with viable explosives was found at a house in Alcanar, south of Barcelona, where two other cell members died in an explosion last Wednesday prior to the attacks.

Police had already found over 100 tanks of butane gas and materials to make TATP, an explosive used by Islamic State militants, at the house.

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11 a.m.

Spanish police say they are investigating material found in searches in two northeastern towns in connection to the deadly attacks last week that killed 15 people in and near Barcelona.

Police declined to say what they found in raids late Tuesday at a cybercafe in Ripoll and a house in Vilafranca del Penedes. They said Wednesday the operation continued.

Vilafranca is close to where Younes Abouyaaqoub, the suspected driver in the Barcelona attack that killed 13 people, was shot dead Monday by police.

Abouyaaqoub is known to have changed clothes, picked up knives and a fake explosive belt in the time between the attack Thursday and his death.

One of the four surviving suspects worked in the Ripoll cafe.

A judge provisionally jailed two suspects in the attack Tuesday.

French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb, center right, and his Spanish counterpart Juan Ignacio Zoido Alvarez observe a minute of silence for the victims of the attacks in Spain, at the of the French Gendarmerie headquarters in Issy-les-Moulineaux, outside Paris, Wednesday Aug.23, 2017. Spanish police said they were investigating material found in searches in two northeastern towns, a day after a judge jailed two of the four surviving alleged cell members that carried out the attacks last week that killed 15 people. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Police officers place bags inside a car as they search the premises in a telephone call centre in Ripoll, Spain, Tuesday Aug. 22, 2017. Police in Catalonia said that agents are searching Tuesday a house and a cybercafe in two different northeastern Spanish towns in connection to the deadly attacks last week that killed 15 people in and near Barcelona. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
Police block the entrance of a telephone call centre as they search the premises in Ripoll, Spain, Tuesday Aug. 22, 2017. Police in Catalonia said that agents are searching Tuesday a house and a cybercafe in two different northeastern Spanish towns in connection to the deadly attacks last week that killed 15 people in and near Barcelona. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
Police block the entrance of a telephone call centre as they search the premises in Ripoll, Spain, Tuesday Aug. 22, 2017. Police in Catalonia said that agents are searching Tuesday a house and a cybercafe in two different northeastern Spanish towns in connection to the deadly attacks last week that killed 15 people in and near Barcelona. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
Police block the entrance of a telephone call centre as they search the premises in Ripoll, Spain, Tuesday Aug. 22, 2017. Police in Catalonia said that agents are searching Tuesday a house and a cybercafe in two different northeastern Spanish towns in connection to the deadly attacks last week that killed 15 people in and near Barcelona. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
Police work behind a van and screen covering the entrance of a telephone call centre as they search the premises in Ripoll, Spain, Tuesday Aug. 22, 2017. The lone fugitive from the Spanish cell that killed several people in and near Barcelona was shot to death Monday after he flashed what turned out to be a fake suicide belt at two troopers who confronted him in a vineyard just outside the city he terrorized, authorities said. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
A police officer and a dog walk at the entrance of a telephone call centre as they search the premises in Ripoll, Spain, Tuesday Aug. 22, 2017. The fugitive from the Spanish cell that killed several people in and near Barcelona was shot to death Monday after he flashed what turned out to be a fake suicide belt at two troopers who confronted him in a vineyard just outside the city he terrorized, authorities said. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
Police block the entrance of a telephone call centre as they search the premises in Ripoll, Spain, Tuesday Aug. 22, 2017. The lone fugitive from the Spanish cell that killed several people in and near Barcelona was shot to death Monday after he flashed what turned out to be a fake suicide belt at two troopers who confronted him in a vineyard just outside the city he terrorized, authorities said. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
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