Police in Barcelona shoot knife attacker who storms police station shouting “Allahu Akbar”

El Mundo

A man who attacked officers with a knife at a police station in Barcelona has been gunned down.

Spanish police confirmed that a knifeman had been shot at a police station in the north eastern region of Catalonia. The incident occurred just before 6am local time (5am BST) in the Cornella district on the outskirts of the city, police said.

Regional police said the man had entered the station in Cornella “with the aim of attacking the agents”.

Local reports claim the man, aged 29 from Algeria and resident in Cornella, with Spanish identity documents, shouted “Allahu Akbar” which means “God is great”.

The man was reportedly shot in the reception area of the station and despite ambulances rushing to the scene, he died as a result of his injuries. Officers from the local Mossos police force say they then shot the man at around 6am before paramedics were scrambled to the scene.

Mossos Police said in a short statement on Twitter, translated into English: “A man armed with weapon blanca has accessed this morning at the police station in Cornellà with the aim of attacking the officers.

Police have opened an investigation in order to clarify the attacker’s motive.

The incident comes days after commemorations were held in Barcelona following the first anniversary of the Las Ramblas terror attack on August 17 last year. The previous incident happened due to killing of 22 people by Moroccan Younes Abouyaaqoub last year on August 17th.





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