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Attack on Spanish church
The sacristan’s body was reportedly found in a square in front of the church. © Nono Rico/EUROPA PRESS/dpa

In Andalusia, a man attacks clergymen and believers with machetes. An acolyte is killed, more people are injured. The Public Ministry assumes a terrorist act.

Algeciras – An armed assailant hacked to death an acolyte and injured four people in two Spanish churches. A priest was among the injured, state television station RTVE and other Spanish media reported, citing police. The alleged attacker was arrested shortly after. According to the newspaper El País, the prosecutor’s office had launched investigations for alleged terrorism after the bloody crimes in Algeciras, in southern Spain.

The body of the sacristan would have been found in a public square in front of a church in the city of Andalusia. The suspect is a 25-year-old Moroccan. According to eyewitnesses, the man broke into the San Isidro church shouting “for Allah” and urging people to profess Islam, reports the newspaper “elDiario.es”. He wounded the priest who was present with the machete. Three women managed to escape from the church and alerted the police from a nearby hair salon.

According to the report, the assailant then ran to the La Palma church, just 200 meters away, where he threatened the clergymen. The altar boy opposed him and followed him to the street, where the attacker mortally wounded him, continues ‘elDiario.es’. Shortly after, the alleged perpetrator was arrested by the police. He had no criminal record and was not known to the police.

The regional leader of the autonomous community of Andalusia, Juanma Moreno, condemned the crime on Twitter, but called for prudence while “the facts are investigated.” She assured that “intolerance will never have a place in our society.” The mayor of Algeciras, José Ignacio Landaluce, said he was shocked and ordered a day of mourning in the city. dpa

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