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Machete Attack On Spanish Churches Leaves One Dead; Suspect Shouted ‘Death To Christians’

One Moroccan man is accused of attacking two churches with a machete and killing one person, as well as wounding four more. Spain

The suspect is a 25-year old man reportedly To be deported, he allegedly ran into Algeciras Catholic Churches in Spain on Wednesday night, killing one and injuring the three other. 

According to EFE (Spanish international news agency), the suspect was identified as shouted “death to Christians” And “Allah is great” During the attack. An investigation is underway into the attack. act of terrorismAccording to Spanish authorities, The public prosecutor’s office said The attack took place “presumably terrorist.”

These churches were targeted were the church of Maria Auxiliadora y San Isidro and Nuestra Señora de La Palma. Diego Valencia, the sexton for the second church was killed as he tried to flee the attack. 

Antonio Rodriguez, one of the priests who was injured in the attack on the church, is expected to recover quickly. “If all goes well, he [Rodriguez] may even be released in the next few hours,” Algeciras Mayor Jose Ignacio Landaluce said

“We are all stunned by these acts, which have filled us with pain,” Landaluce has been added. “Algeciras has always been a city where concord and tolerance reign, despite incidents like this that create an image that does not correspond to reality.”

According to local mediaThe suspect was illegally in Spain and was set to be deported. His suspected links to terrorist groups was also under surveillance by the Spanish counter-terrorism police. 

Santiago Abascal, the leader of the national-conservative Spanish political party Vox, took aim at the country’s immigration policies in a statement on the attack. “He entered Spain illegally, he had an expulsion order, he was under surveillance for jihadism, he was a squatter. How many will there be like him in Spain? The human trafficking mafias and the politicians who open their borders and shower them with subsidies cannot hide their responsibility,” Abascal stated. 

In another tweet, he said Spain “cannot tolerate Islamism advancing on our soil.”

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez also offered his condolence to those impacted by the attack. “I want to express my sincerest condolences for the families of the sexton slain in the terrible attack in Algeciras,” He wrote it on Twitter. “I wish the injured a swift recovery.”

Algeciras is located on the Bay of Gibraltar and has an estimated population of 123,000. 

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