The judge of the Spanish National Court has extended, until Monday, the detention of Yassine Kanza, accused in the deadly attack in Cadiz of Algeciras, charged with having a sexton and injured four other people with a machete.
The city of Cadiz of Algeciras was the scene of several attacks against different churches this Wednesday. According to Spanish media, the perpetrator of the crime is a 26-year-old Moroccan citizen named Yassine Kanza, who used a machete to end the life of the sexton of Our Lady of La Palma and injured at least four people.
According to the same sources, Kanza went first to the parish of Santa María Auxiliadora, to the chapel of San Isidro and seriously stabbed the Salesian vicar Antonio Rodríguez, who was transferred to the Punta de Europa hospital in Algeciras, his condition remains stable.
The prisoner then went to the Church of Our Lady of La Palma, where he caused various material damage and attacked the sexton Diego Valencia causing his death. In addition, three other people were injured, before he was finally arrested by the police.
Following these events, the alleged perpetrator will appear in court next Monday. The Spanish judge advised that a series of procedures must be carried out which cannot be carried out within the initial 72-hour detention period.
In the order used to search his home, the judge considers that the facts ” may constitute a crime of murder and wounding with a dangerous weapon for terrorist purposes« , and links the action to jihadist Salafism. He thus reveals that the detainee started a discussion with certain people within the church of San Isidro, “ vehemently expressing to parishioners that the only religion to follow is the Islamic religion« .
The magistrate notably revealed that the detainee would also have tried to attack one of the people who witnessed the attack on the priest.