An Algerian man entered a police station near Barcelona, Spain on Monday, waving a knife and yelling “Allahu Akbar,” in what appears to be a suicide attack on officers.
According to authorities, 29-year-old Abdelouahab Taib (pictured above) tried to stab officers inside the station, in particular a female officer, who shot him in self-defense. He died at the scene.
According to the suspect’s wife, the man had just revealed to her that he was gay, and felt shame over it. The wife confirmed that the Algerian was Muslim, a faith that finds homosexuality evil and punishable by death. They believe that may have led him to seek out “suicide by cop” and attack the police station while chanting “Allahu Akbar” (God is great).
While authorities are treating this as a terrorist incident, they believe the man was a “lone wolf” and partially motivated by his personal issues.
Police later raided his apartment nearby for evidence (raid seen in the photo above).
The attack took place in Cornella de Llobregat, near Barcelona, Spain.
‘She said she had left him, that he had revealed his homosexuality and that he was disturbed about how that fit in with the Muslim religion,’ the source added.
The woman reportedly told police she suspected his attack was an attempt to get himself killed.
Neither the interior ministry nor the police would comment on the reports.
Taib arrived at the closed police station in Cornella de Llobregat near Barcelona at 5:45 am on Monday and repeatedly pressed the buzzer to be let in, said Rafel Comes, a commissioner with the Mossos d’Esquadra, the Catalan police.
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After police let him in, the man pulled out a ‘large knife’ and lunged at officers in ‘a clearly premeditated desire to kill an agent of our force,’ Comes said on Monday.
A female officer then shot him dead ‘to save her own life,’ Comes said, adding the man shouted ‘Allah’ as well as words the police officers did not understand.
‘These are enough indication to treat the events being investigated as a terrorist attack,’ he said.
Police have so far found no evidence linking the incident to terror attacks last August in Barcelona and nearby Cambrils, which killed 16 people.
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