TWO Catholic churches have been the victims of alleged jihadist attacks, resulting in one person being killed and another seriously injured.

National authorities have said they are investigating a possible “terrorist” incident after a man armed with a machete attacked several people in two adjacent churches in the southern port city of Algeciras.

The deadly attacks took place last night when a man attacked clergymen in two different churches, San Isidro and Nuestra Señora de La Palma, about 300 meters away, shortly after 8:00 p.m.

The attacker, who has been arrested, stabbed priests with a knife in different churches while shouting “Allah is great.”

The deceased is Diego Valencia, sacristan of the church of La Palma and the wounded is Father Antonio Rodríguez, parish priest of the hermitage of San Isidro. The latter has received a stab wound and is in serious condition at the hospital.

Police have not released details of the suspect, however local media have indicated that the terrorist suspect, believed to be solely responsible for the two attacks, is a 25-year-old Moroccan.

The images, shared on social media by Radio Algeciras, show two officers escorting a man in a hooded sports shirt.

“Images of the arrest of the alleged murderer of a person in #Algeciras next to Plaza Alta. Apparently, this subject is also the author of the stabbing of the parish priest of the Church of San Isidro.

The Investigating Court 6 of the National Court, the competent body in matters of terrorist crimes, has already taken charge of the case.

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