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At least one dead in machete attack at two churches in Spain

The city of Algeciras held a minute of silence following the attack. Associated Press/Photo by Juan Carlos Toro

At least one dead in machete attack at two churches in Spain

Spanish authorities Wednesday night arrested a man who is suspected of using a machete to attack several people at two churches in the southern port city of Algeciras. The suspect seriously injured a priest at one church before killing a clergyman at a second church nearby. Both churches were holding communion at the time. The city will observe a day of mourning on Thursday.

What else is known about the attack? At least three other individuals were injured in the attack and Spain’s National Court said a judge has opened an investigation to determine if the incident was an act of terrorism. The suspect’s motivation remains unclear. 

Dig deeper: Read Onize Ohikere’s report in WORLD Magazine about a month of prayer and remembrance for the persecuted church worldwide.

Lauren Canterberry

Lauren Canterberry is a reporter for WORLD. She graduated from the World Journalism Institute and the University of Georgia with a degree in journalism, both in 2017. She worked as a local reporter in Texas and now lives in Georgia with her husband.

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