One person was killed and several injured in a suspected terrorist attack in Spain
One person was killed and several others injured after a man with a knife attacked a church in Spain on Wednesday.
A statement from the Interior Ministry said the attack took place in the San Isidro church in the coastal city of Algeciras, in the southern region of Andalusia.
The man, who was described by some media outlets as wielding either a machete or a samurai sword, allegedly attacked churchgoers in San Lorenzo Parish.
“Shortly before 8:00 pm (1900 GMT), a person launched an attack with a blade weapon, killing one person and injuring others,” it added, referring to the victim’s death “outside the church.”
She added that the condition of one of the wounded inside the church was “serious.”
A police source told AFP that the victim was a church official known as a deacon, and said a priest was among the wounded.
He said the attacker was wearing a long robe and “yelled something” while making the attack.
The source did not specify how the attack was carried out.
Spain launched a terrorist investigation following the incident, a source told AFP (AFP).
The prosecutor’s office said the investigation would be led by a judge from Spain’s criminal court, the Audiencia Nacional, which handles terrorism-related cases, without elaborating.