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Clergyman killed in Spain church attack, terrorist link suspected

Spanish authorities are investigating a potential “terrorist” incident after a man stabbed multiple people in two different churches in Algeciras, killing at least one person on Wednesday evening.

Around 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, a man carrying a sword-like weapon attacked clergymen in two different churches in downtown Algeciras, in the south of Spain, authorities said.

Prosecutors are investigating the assault, which also injured at least four people, as a possible Islamist terror attack.

The suspect, described as a 25-year-old Moroccan man by El País, was arrested shortly after the attack. He reportedly had no criminal history.

Diego Valencia, a sacristan at the Nuestra Senora de La Palma church, was killed in the attack. Another clergyman was seriously injured and is in the hospital. Before going to the churches, the suspect assaulted a Moroccan neighbor of his, according to El País, first talking to him about Islam and then punching him in the face.

“I want to convey my most sincere condolences to the relatives of the sacristan who died in the terrible attack in Algeciras,” Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said on Twitter.



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