Barcelona police shoot man dead, with attempted knife attack considered 'terrorist act'

Spain terror alert: man armed with knife shot dead at police station

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A suspected terrorist has been shot dead after attempting to attack officers with a large knife at a police station in Barcelona.

Members of the Catalan police force and other authorities searched the man's home a short distance from the police station while his partner was questioned, local reports said.

Police said the man entered the station in Cornella, in the northeastern region of Catalonia, shortly before 4am, seeking information. Police shot the attacker dead.

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Teresa Cunillera, the central government's representative in Catalonia, called for "prudence" before deciding what the man's motive was and until police had finished their probe.

Catalan police officers stand guard at the entrance of a building during a raid, following an attack in Cornella de Llobregat near Barcelona, Spain, Monday, August 20, 2018.

Spanish media have reported the man, believed to be a 29-year-old Algerian was shouting "Allahu Akbar" as he attacked the officers. The man, named as Abdelouahab Taib, was "intending to attack the officers", according to a statement published by the police on Twitter.

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The incident occurred days after the first anniversary of a deadly jihadist rampage in Catalonia.

But he says police have found no evidence linking the incident to last year's terror attacks in Barcelona and nearby Cambrils, which killed 16 people.

ISIS 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 wounded.

The Interior Ministry said it was keeping the country's terror alert at Level 4, indicating high risk.

Catalonia, which is home to a significant number of second-generation immigrants, has had a long history of Islamic militant activity.

Younes Abouyaaqoub, the jihadist who carried out the attack at Las Ramblas, was shot to death after amanhunt. During a news conference later in the day, law enforcement clarified that the incident is being investigated as a "terrorist attack".

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