“Diego was my feet and my hands. For me he has been a faithful man and possibly this death was for me and he has found it.” The one who pronounces these words, visibly moved, is Juan Joseph Marineparish priest of the church of The Palm of Algeciras, who has expressed his pain and sadness at the death of Diego Valencia, sacristan who died this Wednesday in a terrorist attack. “They have confused the sacristan with me.”
A man armed with a large machete has accessed this Wednesday to the Church of Our Lady of La Palma in the downtown Square high of algeciras where, after causing various damage, he has attacked the sacristan Diego Valencia, who has managed to leave the temple but has finally been hit by the attacker outside, where he has caused fatal injuries.
At the time of the fatal attack, Juan José Marina was in a neighboring parish “celebrating some confirmations.” “They yelled at me that there was an attack and I came running here and I found this,” he said in an interview with Cadena Ser. At that moment “it was when I saw the sacristan dead in the square,” he recounted. .
[El llanto desesperado de una testigo en Algeciras: “Venía a matarnos, que por Alá no nos moviéramos”]
Previously, the alleged jihadist, in his 40s and of Moroccan nationality, had entered the parish of holy Mary helper, where he has broken into the chapel of San Isidro and has stabbed the Salesian vicar Antonio Rodríguez, 74, who was celebrating the Eucharist at seven in the afternoon. He has been seriously injured and is admitted to the Punta de Europa hospital in stable condition.
Three other people have been injured, although their condition is unknown at the moment.
[Un hombre con chilaba y un machete mata a un sacristán y deja un herido en una iglesia de Algeciras]
The police authorities consider that it could be a lone wolf: they do not rule out that it is a actor lonely and, consequently, of an attack with purposes jihadistsalthough this point is pending the investigation of the Police Nationalwho has taken charge of the investigations.
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