Knife-Wielding Man Shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ Attacks Police Station

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).

take our poll - story continues below

Who are the happiest people?

  • Who are the happiest people?  

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
Completing this poll grants you access to Top Stories USA updates free of charge. You may opt out at anytime. You also agree to this site's Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

Trending: BREAKING: Arnold Schwarzenegger Attacked in Africa (VIDEO)

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.

The Daily Mail reports on the wife’s information, that gave some indication as to the man’s motive.

‘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.

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.

Post your thoughts in the comments section below on the terror attack on a police station in Spain. In addition, share this on social media.


Join the conversation!

We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, vulgarity, profanity, all caps, or discourteous behavior. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain a courteous and useful public environment where we can engage in reasonable discourse.