Spain: 1 dead in church machete attacks, terror link probed

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — A machete-wielding guy killed a sexton and hurt a priest in assaults at two churches in the city of Algeciras on Wednesday right before currently being arrested, Spain’s interior ministry claimed, in what authorities are investigating as a attainable act of terrorism.

The suspect was arrested in the southern city and is in the custody of Spain’s Countrywide Law enforcement. The ministry did not recognize him.

The assault started off close to 7 p.m. when the armed gentleman went into the San Isidro church and assaulted a priest, who was severely wounded, the ministry explained.

The assailant then went to a second church, the Nuestra Señora de La Palma — a five-minute wander absent — exactly where he entered and continued his rampage, assaulting the sexton. The sexton, whose task it is to choose care of the church and its routine maintenance. fled exterior in which the attacker dealt him the mortal wounds in a general public sq., the ministry explained.

The Algeciras town corridor explained the sexton was named Diego Valencia and discovered the wounded priest as Antonio Rodríguez. The town hall explained he was hospitalized and in stable issue.

Neighborhood media reported that at least 3 other men and women had been hurt.

Spain’s National Court docket reported a choose has opened an investigation into a doable act of terrorism.

Police are investigating the incident, the inside ministry stated, to establish the “nature of the assault.” It made available no more detail on the attacker’s achievable motive.

The secretary basic of Spain’s Episcopal Convention, Francisco García, wrote on Twitter that “I have been given the information of the incident in Algeciras with excellent suffering.”

“These are unfortunate moments of suffering, we are united by the ache of people of the victims and for the Diocese of Cádiz,” he added.

Algeciras is in the vicinity of the southern idea of Spain, resting throughout from a bay from Gibraltar. It is dwelling to an significant port with ferry connections to northern Africa.

The town hall declared a day of mourning when flags will fly at half-staff.

“We are all shocked by these acts, which have stuffed us with pain,” Mayor José Landaluce explained. “Algeciras has usually been a town where concord and tolerance reign, in spite of incidents like this that build an graphic that does not correspond to actuality.”

Joseph Wilson, The Connected Press