Spanish police stopped a knifeman who was shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ by throwing a traffic barrier at his head

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Police tackle suspect on the Spanish border.
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Juan Ignacio Zoido

Spanish police successfully prevented a knife attack on Tuesday by throwing a plastic traffic barrier at the suspect.

The man threatened police while walking toward the Spanish border in Beni Enzar, a Moroccan border town, at around 7.35 a.m. this morning, Reuters reported.

He is said to have shouted “Allahu Akbar” (“God is great”) before being tackled and later detained by the police. One police officer suffered a cut on his hand in the attack.

A CCTV video, tweeted by Spanish Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido, captured the incident. It shows a man in a blue shirt and white shorts brandishing a knife.

The man appears around 0:49 in the clip above. As he progresses toward the border, two policemen on his left distract him before another throws a white traffic barrier at his head. The suspect then falls to the ground and five policemen tackle him.

“The rapid, coordinated and professional conduct of the police has prevented a serious incident in Beni Enzar. All my support to the injured officer,” Juan Ignacio Zoido, the country’s interior minister, wrote on Twitter.