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Dead and wounded in attack on Spanish church

A cleric was killed in a machete attack in Algeciras, southern Spain. The alleged perpetrator injured four other people, including a priest, in at least two churches tonight, state television broadcaster RTVE and other Spanish media reported, citing police. He was later arrested.

Police action in Algeciras


The sexton’s body was therefore found in front of a church in the Andalusian town. The background and exact course of events was not initially clear. The Public Prosecutor’s Office has launched a preliminary investigation into suspected terrorism, wrote the newspaper “El Pais”.

The regional leader of Andalusia’s autonomous community, Juanma Moreno, condemned the crime on Twitter, but urged caution while “the facts are being investigated”. He assured that “intolerance will never have a place in our society”.