A man crossed the boundary of the Spanish enclave in Morocco from Melilla on Tuesday and shouted “Allah Akbar” and slightly injured a policeman with a knife, a spokesman said. the police.
“The police arrested a man who attacked with a knife the agents of the border crossing of Beni-Ensar,” said Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido on his Twitter account.
“The man came running and shouting ‘Allah Akbar’ (Allah is the greatest),” the police spokesman told AFP, pointing out that the attack had occurred around 7:35 local.
“He slightly injured a policeman with a knife,” he added, adding that it is a cut to a finger of a hand.
According to the daily El Pais, the man was under control by riot police and it was by struggling that he wounded one of the agents. According to a spokesman for the prefecture of Melilla, the aggressor was equipped with a “large” knife and could be of Moroccan nationality.
Since 2015, Spain is placed at level 4 out of five anti-terrorist alerts, which means that the probability of attack is high. Since 2016, Spain seemed to be more in the line of sight of the jihadists, at least on some websites which evoked its past of land of Islam and the dream of reconquest.
In general, the authorities in Spain, the third most preferred destination for tourists worldwide, prefer to remain discreet about the terrorist threat.
The country remains unaffected by massive attacks of Islamic nature since 2004.
Spain was targeted by the deadliest attacks on European soil: a dozen bombs exploded in suburban trains in Madrid, killing 191 people. The attack was claimed on behalf of Al-Qaeda by an Islamist cell.
Spain exercises its sovereignty over the enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla in Morocco respectively since 1580 and 1496.
Many Moroccans live there or go there daily to make their purchases of zero-rated products.
The two cities, where poverty and unemployment are high, enjoy a status of “free port” which contributes to their economic development, and fuel a smuggling – widely tolerated – in northern Morocco.
Since 2005, Ceuta and Melilla have faced a very strong migratory pressure. Thousands of sub-Saharan illegal immigrants try to penetrate every year into the antechambers of the European Eldorado.
On June 16, a car had forced a border crossing between Morocco and Melilla with nine African migrants aboard, slightly wounding two law enforcement officers. A similar incident occurred in March at the same location.
The arrests of alleged jihadists are frequent within the enclave, which has 75,000 inhabitants. The most recent incident occurred on 23 June and targeted a man suspected of having sought to recruit fighters on behalf of the Islamic State organization.