A suspect was arrested Tuesday after he threatened police officers in the Spanish enclave of Melilla with a knife, reports Reuters.
Irene Flores, spokeswoman for the central government’s representative office in Melilla, said the man was attempting to cross the border between Morocco and the enclave. He approached the border at Beni Enzar at 7:35 a.m. wielding a knife. He shouted “Allahu Akbar,” which translates to God is Greatest. Police subdued the man shortly after, and one officer suffered a cut on the hand during the incident.
“A man entered the border post and once inside, pulled out a large knife and confronted (police) shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ (God is Greatest), slightly injuring a policeman.”
Surveillance footage shows the man dressed in a blue shirt and white shorts walking through the border with the knife in hand. Police surround the man, but keep their distance at first. One officer eventually runs up from behind the man and hits him over the head with a white traffic bollard, knocking the man to the ground. He is then tackled by more officers and placed under arrest.
Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido made a statement on Twitter about the incident.
“The rapid, coordinated and professional conduct of the police has avoided a serious incident in Beni Enzar. All my support to the hurt officer.”
The Express Tribune reports that because Melilla and it’s sister city Cueta are the only two land borders between Africa and the European Union, incidents involving migrants attempting to cross the border often take place here.
Just this year, several car-ramming incidents have taken place in which vehicles hiding migrants drive into the border post at high speeds.