In an attack on two churches in the southern Spanish city of Algeciras on Wednesday night, a machete-wielding man killed a churchgoer and injured several others. The police have already arrested the attacker.
According to eyewitnesses, the younger man first burst into the San Isidro Church, shouting at the same time “for Allah” and urged the assembled to embrace the Islamic faith. He wounded the priest with a machete, then ran to the church of La Palma, about 300 meters away, and threatened the faithful there as well. church book, Diego Valenciaran away from the church, but the perpetrator followed him and fatally wounded him outside.
Soon after, the attacker was arrested by the police, who did not release details about the perpetrator. The media reports that he is a 25-year-old Moroccan citizen.
According to the Spanish RTVE television, among the wounded are a priest who is in critical condition and three other people.
The tilt of the attack is currently unconfirmed. A source at Madrid’s High Court said the attack was being investigated as a terrorist attack.
Head of regional authorities Juanma Moreno condemned the act, but at the same time called for prudence, until they are not “all facts investigated”. He emphasized that “intolerance will never have a place in our society”.
Mayor of Algeciras José Ignacio Landaluce expressed shock at the attack and declared a day of mourning in the city.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez is to the victims “terrible attack” expressed his condolences.