Attack on two churches armed with machetes: one dead and many injured, nightmare terrorism

Fear in Spain on the afternoon of Wednesday, January 25th. A priest was killed and a priest badly injured in an attack on two churches by a man with a machete in Algeciras, a Spanish city of 122,000 people, just a stone’s throw from Gibraltar. A fast-paced attack sequence that ends with the arrest of the alleged attacker. The terrorist matrix is ​​suspected. Investigations continue.

History of the attacks in Algeciras

Yassine Kanjaa, a 25-year-old Moroccan, had no criminal record. With a machete in hand, he planted panic in and out of two churches in Algeciras, killing a priest and injuring four, including a Salesian priest, according to local media reports. Police are investigating Islamic terrorism, and sources close to the investigation assume the act of a ‘lone wolf’.


Kanjaa first entered the church of San Isidro, at the time a 74-year-old old priest Antonio Rodriguez was celebrating Mass at seven o’clock in the evening. The man entered the church – someone heard him shout ‘In the name of God, in the name of God …’ and stabbed him: the priest was seriously injured, had surgery in the hospital and was out of danger.

Shortly after, the young man went to the church of Nuestra Senora de La Palma in the center of Plaza Alta, just 200 meters away: he entered the church and began to throw religious paintings, crosses and candles with his machete. up to the altar. Pastor Diego Valencia approached her to ask her out. There was an ongoing debate outside the church as well. At this point the North African attacked him and stabbed him to death. Three more people were injured in the brawl. Diego Valencia is well-liked and well-known within the local Christian community. Then the 25-year-old went to the Chapel of Our Lady of Europe, located in front of Nuestra Senora de La Palma but closed at the time. Police later arrested him near Plaza Alta.

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We are conducting a terrorism investigation.

Mayor Jose Ignacio Landaluce declared a day of mourning and held a protest rally in front of the city’s main church at noon. “These events, which filled us with pain, terrified us all. Algeciras has always been a city of harmony and tolerance, although it presents an image that does not correspond to reality despite such situations.”

The Prosecutor’s Office announced that it had launched an investigation for “alleged acts of terrorism”. Francisco Garcia Magan, general secretary of the Spanish bishops’ conference and co-bishop of Toledo, expressed his condolences and “sadness” for Sacristan’s death and the attack, for which People’s Party leaders Vox also expressed concern. . Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez wanted to convey his condolences to the victim’s family. The Islamic community of the Ishbilia mosque in Seville and Melilla expressed their strong condemnation of the attacks.

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Source: Today IT

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