Man shot by police after knife attack near Barcelona

Man shot by police after knife attack near Barcelona

AN ALGERIAN Man who was armed with a knife shouting "Allahu Akbar" was shot DEAD in Barcelona this morning Spanish authorities have confirmed.

Security has been stepped up at police stations across Spain in the wake of the incident, which comes just days after a ceremony was held to remember those who died in twin terror attacks in Barcelona and the seaside resort of Cambrils previous year.

The attacked occurred just before 6 a.m. (0400 GMT) Monday in the Cornella district on the outskirts of the city, local police said in a tweet.

Comas added that the attacker "was not known to be affiliated with any jihadist cell".

The Islamic State group has frequently called on their followers to attack soldiers and police in France, who they see as a legitimate target because they represent the French state.

He had no criminal record and lived with a Spanish woman, although local media reported that they had begun divorce proceedings.

Regional Mossos police earlier said on Twitter that the man had entered the police station in Cornella "with the aim of attacking the officers".

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The attack occurred at about 06:00 (7:00 Kyiv time) on Monday, August 20.

Police sources also report that the officer who fired the shots was not alone in the police station when the man entered, and that all other regional police stations and security forces throughout Spain have been alerted about the incident.

It comes as a speeding vehicle mounted a pavement and ploughed into pedestrians in Spain today, according to reports.

No details of the victims' medical conditions have been given, the spokeswoman added.

The police station where the attack happened.

The two occupants of the vehicle fled the scene and were later detained.

The attack came three days after the anniversary of the 2017 jihadist attacks in the centre of Barcelona and nearby Cambrils in which 16 people died.

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