At least one dead and several injured in machete attack on southern Spanish churches

Spanish authorities stated they have been investigating a potential “terrorist” by which a person attacked a number of individuals with a machete, killing no less than one individual, in two church buildings within the southern port metropolis of Algeciras.

The person attacked on Wednesday night shortly after 8 p.m. within the middle of Algeciras clergymen in two totally different church buildings – San Isidro and Nuestra SeƱora de La Palma, about 300 meters aside, a spokesman for town reported.

The suspect’s identify and nationality haven’t but been launched. Native media, together with El Pais newspaper, have claimed he’s a 25-year-old Moroccan.

A supply on the Madrid Supreme Court docket stated the incident was being investigated as terrorism.

The person killed was Diego Valencia, a sacristan on the Church of Nuestra Senora de La Palma, whereas the titular priest of the Parish Church of San Isidro, Antonio Rodriguez, is among the many injured and is in essential situation, the spokesman for Algeciras stated.

Police declare the attacker first entered the San Isidro Church and attacked Rodriguez. A press release from the Salesians of Algeciras stated Rodriguez, 74, was celebrating the Eucharist when he was attacked.

The suspect then went to the Nuestra Senora de La Palma church, the place he broken property earlier than attacking Valencia, who fled the church however was pursued earlier than being killed, police stated in a press release.

An unknown variety of different individuals have been additionally injured, with El Mundo newspaper reporting that 4 individuals have been injured.

The pastor of Nuestra Senora de La Palma, Juan Jose Marina, informed the broadcaster SER that the suspect went straight to Valencia after the tip of the mass, suggesting that he might have mistaken Valencia for the priest.

“Perhaps this dying was meant for me and located it as a substitute,” stated a tearful Marina.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez tweeted his condolences to the victims of the “horrible assault” whereas Spain’s Bishops’ Convention Normal Secretary Francisco Garcia expressed his “nice ache” upon listening to the information.

“These are unhappy instances of struggling, we’re united by the ache of the victims’ households and for the Diocese of Cadiz,” he tweeted.

Jose Ignacio Landaluce, the mayor of Algeciras, has introduced a day of mourning within the metropolis for Thursday and a rally in entrance of the church of Nuestra Senora de La Palma for midday.