AFP / JOSEP LAGO. Las Ramblas in Barcelona, where the deadliest attack took place, has been turned into a sea of flowers and candles to honour the victims

The French police on Tuesday arrested three people with alleged links to a suspect in last year’s jihadist attack in Barcelona.

The arrests, which were disclosed by the Spanish interior ministry, were made during a joint operation with French and Spanish police in the south and southwest of France.

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In August 2017, a jihadist had driven a van on to the popular Las Ramblas boulevard, ramming into tourists. This was followed by a night knife attack in resort of Cambrils. Both attacks caused the death of 16 people.

The three arrested were suspected to have links with Moroccan national Driss Oukabir, who was alleged to have rented the van used in the Barcelona rampage.

Oukabir was arrested shortly after the attacks — which were claimed by the Islamic State group — and remanded in custody on terror-related offences.