Saturday 23 November 2019

Knife-wielding man arrested after attacking police in Spain and shouting 'Allahu Akbar'

Spanish police officers stop a man on the Beni Enzar border crossing between Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla, Spain July 25, 2017 in this still image from a CCTV video. Interior Ministry via REUTERS
Spanish police officers stop a man on the Beni Enzar border crossing between Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla, Spain July 25, 2017 in this still image from a CCTV video. Interior Ministry via REUTERS

Aritz Parra

A knife-wielding man has been arrested in the Spanish enclave of Melilla after attacking a policeman at the border with Morocco while shouting "Allahu Akbar".

The officer received a small cut to one finger, an interior ministry spokeswoman said.

The incident happened at 7.35am local time (6.35am BST) at the Beni Enzar access point to the Spanish autonomous city in northern Africa, when hundreds of people gather to cross the border.

The man, who appeared to be Moroccan, pulled out a large knife and shouted: "God is Great" in Arabic, an official said.

A combination photo of still images obtained from video shows Spanish police officers stopping a man on the Beni Enzar border crossing between Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla, Spain July 25, 2017 in this still image from a CCTV video. Interior Ministry via REUTERS
A combination photo of still images obtained from video shows Spanish police officers stopping a man on the Beni Enzar border crossing between Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla, Spain July 25, 2017 in this still image from a CCTV video. Interior Ministry via REUTERS

He was immediately subdued by police agents, arrested and brought to a police station, where he is being questioned.

The man, believed to be 29 years old, was arrested and brought to a police station where he was questioned.

The investigation into the incident is still ongoing.

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