Police hunt for Moroccan man who attacked a Spanish priest and threatened to kill him saying ‘You should be afraid of me, I’m an Arab’
- Police are hunting for a Moroccan man who attacked a priest in Spain
- He reportedly grabbed his victim’s crucifix before threatening to kill him
- The man then said to the priest: ‘You should be afraid of me, I’m an Arab’
Police are hunting for a Moroccan man who attacked a Catholic priest at a cafe in Spain after warning him ‘You should be afraid of me, I’m an Arab.’
The aggressor, thought be aged around 35, tried to grab his victim’s crucifix around his neck before threatening to kill him after insulting him.
The scare happened as the Franciscan missionary was visiting relatives in his native city of Cartagena in south east Spain.
A waiter rushed to his aid at the unnamed cafe but was hit over the head with a bottle.
The Moroccan fled after being stopped by two compatriots when he broke the bottle and went to attack the priest with a shard of broken glass.
Police were called but failed to find him during a search of the area. They are said to be looking for a man, a witness named as Mohamed, who has worked in several restaurants in Cartagena.
He was reportedly drunk when the incident happened, around 7pm on Monday, less than a week after two ISIS killers cut the throat of Father Jacques Hamel at a church in Normandy.
The priest, known only by his religious name of Fray Job de Jesus, told a local paper he believed the attack had been ‘ideologically-motivated’ and was a clear case of Christianophobia.
Police are hunting for a Moroccan man who attacked a Catholic priest at a cafe in Spain, just a week after the murder of French priest Father Jacques Hamel by ISIS jihadis.
Witnesses told investigators the assailant warned his victim: ‘You’re Spanish, you’re from here, so if you are you should be afraid of me, I’m an Arab’ before adding: ‘B*****d, son of a b***h, I’m going to kill you.’
Police have not made any official comment.
The waiter hit over the head with a bottle has decided not to press charges.
It comes after thousands attended the funeral of Father Hamel yesterday in Rouen cathedral.
His sister Roselyne told the congregation the 85-year-old had been a man of ‘mercy and love’.
Attackers Abdel Malik Petitjean and Adel Kermiche, both 19, who had both pledged allegiance to Islamic State, were shot dead by police after taking hostages.
A nun who escaped said the killers told her: ‘You Christians, you kill us’ before they ended the life of the elderly priest.