Sacristan killed and priest injured in stabbing attack in Spain

Sacristan killed and priest injured in stabbing attack in Spain

The attack, perpetrated this Wednesday evening in a church in Algeciras, in the south of the country, left one dead and several injured. A suspect was arrested and an investigation for “presumed acts of terrorism” was opened.

The attack occurred shortly before 8 p.m. in the church of San Isidro in Algeciras. She killed one: the sexton of another church located a few minutes walk from this one and in which the assailant had also entered, said the Ministry of the Interior. Other people were also injured, including a seriously injured priest.

A video released by the authorities shows the assailant from behind, black pants and a black and white gray hoodie. Handcuffed, he walks in socks in a corridor, framed by two police officers. “ Facts are analyzed and investigated. It is not possible at this time to determine the nature of the attack “, assured the Ministry of the Interior. Contacted by AFP, the prosecution announced for its part that an investigation had been opened for ” alleged acts of terrorism “. It will be conducted by a judge from the National Audience, the court in charge of terrorism cases.

Juanma Moreno, president of the Andalusia region, called the attack on Twitter ” terrible and unbearable “. ” We murdered a sexton and injured at least one priest “, he denounced, while calling for the” caution “while a” investigation is ongoing “. The leader of the People’s Party, the main formation of the right-wing opposition, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, said to himself ” appalled by the attacks tonight in Algeciras “.

The last attacks perpetrated in Spain date back to August 2017, when two attacks by a jihadist cell left 16 dead and 140 injured on the avenue des Ramblas in Barcelona and in the seaside resort of Cambrils. They had been claimed by the Islamic State organization. The three survivors of this cell had been sentenced to terms of eight, 46 and 53 years in prison.

(With AFP)