Spain knifeman remanded in custody after border incident

A Spanish policeman throwing a portable roadside barrier at a man armed with a knife at the Beni Anzar border crossing between Morocco and the Spanish territory of Melilla on July 25, 2017.
A Spanish policeman throwing a portable roadside barrier at a man armed with a knife at the Beni Anzar border crossing between Morocco and the Spanish territory of Melilla on July 25, 2017.PHOTO: AFP

MADRID (AFP) - A man who threatened border agents in the Spanish territory of Melilla with a knife while shouting "Allahu Akbar" was remanded in custody without bail, a court said Wednesday (July 26).

Security camera footage of Tuesday's incident - which authorities say was not a terror attack - showed the man in a blue top walking slowly through a border post between Melilla and Morocco holding a knife, police closing in on him.

One of the officers hurled a portable road barricade at him, throwing him to the ground as other agents pounced to remove the knife.

A court in Melilla, a Spanish territory on Morocco's northern coast, remanded him in custody pending further investigation.

According to a statement, he is being probed "for disobedience, threats and disturbances." Spain, the world's third largest tourism destination, has so far been spared the kind of extremist violence that has occurred in nearby France, Belgium and Germany.

But it was hit by what is still Europe's deadliest jihadist attack in March 2004, when bombs exploded on commuter trains in Madrid, killing 191 people in an attack claimed by Al Qaeda-inspired extremists.