Spanish police treating knife assault as ‘terrorist attack’

The incident occurred days after the first anniversary of a deadly extremist rampage in Catalonia. (File photo: AFP)

An assault on a police station by a knife-wielding man who was shot dead by an officer in northeastern Spain is being treated as a “terrorist attack,” police said Monday.

“We are treating it as a terrorist attack. The officer used his gun to save his own life,” Rafel Comes, a commissioner with the Catalan regional police, told a news conference in Cornella de Llobregat where the attack took place.

The armed man was killed when he attacked a police station near the northeastern Spanish city of Barcelona early Monday.

"A man armed with a knife entered the police station in Cornella to attack the officers. The attacker was shot," the Catalonia regional police said on Twitter.

A police spokesman refused to comment on local media reports that the man was from Algeria and had shouted "Allahu akbar" (God is greatest) during the attack.

The incident occurred days after the first anniversary of a deadly jihadist rampage in Catalonia.

Sixteen people were killed on August 17, 2017 when a van drove into crowds on the popular Las Ramblas boulevard in the heart of Barcelona and in a knife attack in the nearby resort of Cambrils.

ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 14:03 - GMT 11:03