Barcelona Police Shoot Man With Knife Trying to Attack Police Station

By Reuters
August 20, 2018World News
Barcelona Police Shoot Man With Knife Trying to Attack Police Station
The attack occurred at a police station in Cornella, on the outskirts of Barcelona, on early Aug. 20. (Screenshot/Google Maps)

MADRID—Spanish police said on Aug. 20 they had shot a man armed with a knife as he tried to attack a police station in the northeastern region of Catalonia.

Regional Mossos police said on Twitter the man had entered the police station in Cornella, near Barcelona, just before 6:00 a.m. local time “with the aim of attacking the officers” adding he had then been shot.

A Mossos spokeswoman said she could not give any further information. An investigation has been launched.

State broadcaster RTVE said the attacker was a 29-year-old Algerian resident in Cornella with Spanish identity documents, and had been killed by the gunshot.

The man had shouted “Allahu Akbar” (God is the greatest), local reports say.

The incident comes just three days after Barcelona commemorated the first anniversary of an Islamic terrorist attack in which a young man drove a van down a busy central boulevard, killing 14 and injuring over 100 in Spain’s worst attack in more than a decade.

By Isla Binnie

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