In Madrid, Spain, a knife-wielding Muslim man has been arrested after attacking a Spanish policeman while shouting “Allahu Akbar.”
The incident occurred at the border between the North African-Spanish enclave of Melilla and Morocco, where hundreds of people accumulate when crossing the border. Police said the disturbed man aggressively ran toward a group of officers manning the border between Melilla and the Moroccan city of Beni Ansar.
One officer was attacked, receiving a small cut to his finger, but managed to restrain the assailant.
Officials said the incident took place around 7.35 a.m. local time, when the man, who appeared to be Moroccan, took out a large knife and shouted, “God is Great” in Arabic.
The suspect was immediately taken into custody and brought to a police station where he is being questioned.
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ABOUT the term “Allahu Akbar”
The phrase “Allahu Akbar” is commonly used by Muslims to remind themselves of what they believe is true, which is God’s vastness and power is great. Allahu Akbar literally means “God is greater” or “God is the greatest.” Throughout the day and in prayer especially, Muslims from around the world use “Allahu Akbar” to remind themselves that God is greater than the beauty and ugliness of this world. However, Muslim extremists use the phrase “Allahu Akbar” before and after performing acts of terror.
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