A 29-year-old man, armed with a knife, was killed on Monday, after attacking officers in a police station in Cornellà de Llobregat, a town near Barcelona, in northeastern Spain, police announced.
The attack took place shortly before 6 am. Catalan police, the Mossos d’Esquadra, said on Twitter: “A man armed with a knife entered the police station in Cornellà this morning to attack the police officers. The aggressor was shot.”
Two police officers were present, one of whom used her weapon on the man, who rushed on her armed with a knife “of considerable size”, shouting “Allah,” according to Commissioner Rafel Comes, who said the officer acted acted to “save her own life.”
“It is an attack, an assault against a policeman, the man shouted” Allah “(…) These are at least clues for the investigation to be conducted as a terrorist act,” said the head of the regional police of Catalonia at a press conference on Monday.
The commissioner did not want to confirm that the perpetrator was Algerian, as police sources had already indicated, because the investigators wanted to confirm that the Algerian identity papers he had on him were his own.
Agents went to the home of the alleged perpetrator in Cornellà and ordered the neighbourhood to be evacuated as a security measure.
The attack came just days after the first anniversary of the jihadist attacks, which killed 16 people in Catalonia on 17 and 18 August last year. A jihadist in a van drove into a crowd in the pedestrian zone of Las Ramblas, a tourist avenue in the heart of Barcelona. A few hours later, five of his accomplices targeted holidaymakers with their vehicle in Cambrils, a seaside resort south of Barcelona, then attacked bystanders with a knife before being shot by the police.