Car driven by Moroccan Muslim migrant runs up on sidewalk and plows into three pedestrians. According to one report in the Daily Star, police are said to be treating the incident in the capital of northeastern Spain’s Aragon region of Zaragoza as a “traffic accident” and not as an intentional act. (HAH!)
Heraldo (h/t Richard S) Two people are in police custody after a car ploughed into three pedestrians in Casetas, northwestern Spain. The incident on Logrono Avenue in Spain’s Zaragoza province occured around 9.20am Monday when a vehicle drove up on the sidewalk and hit people at a crossing.
The victims, a 45-year-old man and a couple in their 60s, had injuries that were not thought to be life-threatening, according to the local emergency services.
According to eyewitness accounts, the vehicle sped away from the scene of the incident sparking panic After driving up onto the sidewalk, the driver swerved to the right, where the car hit a facade and rammed the three pedestrians.
After running over the three pedestrians, the driver took off at high speed, driving between the chairs and tables on the terrace of the property. According to eyewitnesses, at the time of the collision the car was driving at a speed of “between 60 and 70 kilometers per hour.”
The police caught up with and arrested the driver, of Moroccan origin but with Spanish nationality. Also arrested is a woman who was in the car. Both tried to hide in a hotel in Utebo.
SHOUTING “ALLAHU AKBAR,” KNIFE-WIELDING ALGERIAN MUSLIM who tried to attack a police station in the northern Spanish region of Catalonia, has been shot dead in what police are treating as a “terrorist attack.”
AU NEWS (h/t Maria J) It comes as Spanish authorities said another incident in Zaragoza where a car mounted a footpath, injuring three people, was being treated as a “traffic accident”.
Police said the man invoked the name of Allah during the knife assault, which occurred just days after the first anniversary of a deadly jihadi attack in Catalonia. Sixteen people were killed on 17 August 2017 when a van drove into crowds on Barcelona’s popular Las Ramblas boulevard and in a knife attack in the nearby resort of Cambrils. Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks, Spain’s worst since the Madrid train bombings in 2004 when 191 people died and more than 1,800 were injured.
The man arrived at the closed police station in the town of Cornella de Llobregat near Barcelona and repeatedly pressed the buzzer to be let in, Rafel Comes, a commissioner with the Catalan regional police, told a press conference.
After police allowed 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,” Mr Comes said. “The officer used her gun to save her own life,” Mr Comes said, adding that “we are treating it as a terrorist attack”.
The man shouted “Allahu Akbar” (Our God is greater than yours) as well as words the police officers did not understand, Mr Comes said.
Catalonia has had a long history of Islamic militant activity. Spain’s first Muslim extremist – a member of the Algerian Armed Islamic Group (GIA) – was uncovered in Catalonia in 1995. In 2008, a plot targeting Barcelona’s underground trains was foiled when it was already in advanced stages. One in four people detained in Spain over extremist Muslim-linked terrorism come from the province of Barcelona in Catalonia.