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Imagine for a moment you know who stole your car (some thiefs for example):

Sabemos qué personas lo hicieron.

The above sentence is the same as saying:

Sabemos quiénes lo hicieron. (Persons are imply)

In both sentences we are talking about people, so my question is, if I use this form:

Sabemos quiénes personas lo hicieron.

Is this correct and/or legal? I mean using "quiénes" despite "personas" being implied?

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Quién is a interrogative/exclamative pronoun, so it must resplace a noun.

On the other hand qué can be an interrogative/exclamative pronoun (when referring to things) or and interrogative/exclamative adjective (when referring to people or things). So as we are talking about people it can only be an adjective so it has to go with a name.

You can find a complete explanation from RAE about the use of quién here and about the use of qué here.

So for example the sentence you gave:

Sabemos qué personas lo hicieron. (Qué used as an adjective: Correct)

Sabemos quiénes lo hicieron. (Quiénes used as a pronoun: Correct)

Sabemos quiénes personas lo hicieron.* (Quiénes used as an adjective: Incorrect)

Sabemos qué lo hicieron.* (Qué used as a pronoun, replacing people: Incorrect)

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