The southern Spanish metropolis of Algeciras was reeling right now, a day after a machete-wielding assailant stormed into two church buildings killing an official and badly injuring a priest.
Spanish prosecutors instantly opened a terror probe following the incident close to the town’s port yesterday night.
The attacker was arrested on the scene, with a police supply figuring out him as a 25-year-old Moroccan man.
“Simply after 7pm (6pm Irish time), a person entered the church of San Isidro in Algeciras, the place, armed with a machete, he attacked the priest, leaving him severely wounded,” an inside ministry assertion stated.
“Subsequently, he entered the church of Nuestra Senora de La Palma wherein, after inflicting damages, he attacked the verger [church official].”
Eyewitnesses at Nuestra Senora de La Palma instructed native media the attacker bumped into the constructing at round 7:30pm and commenced throwing icons, crosses and candles to the ground.
The verger, Diego Valencia, “managed to get out of the church, however was caught by the attacker exterior and sustained mortal accidents,” it stated, figuring out the weapon he used as a machete.
A police supply stated the assailant was sporting a protracted gown and had “shouted one thing” as he carried out the assault.
The 2 church buildings are a number of hundred metres aside and positioned in an space very near the port within the city of round 120,000 residents.
The emergency providers stated the priest had sustained accidents to the neck.
His parish recognized him as 74-year-old Antonio Rodriguez and stated he had been celebrating the Eucharist at San Isidro church when he was attacked, describing his situation as “critical however steady”.
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The mayor of Algeciras has declared a day of mourning.
Within the city, which hosts the primary port for ferries and different vessels travelling between Spain and Morocco, residents reeled from shock.
Juan Jose Marina, the parish priest of Nuestra Senora de La Palma, instructed public radio the thought of such an assault was unimaginable “as a result of our ties with the Islamic world in Algeciras are good and we have by no means had any type of downside”.
“It simply defies all logic,” agreed Dris Mohamed Amar, spokesman for the native Muslim neighborhood, who was talking on the identical radio programme, saying he hoped “it was an remoted case”.