Spain police shoot man trying to attack police station with knife

An Algerian attacker in Cornella with Spanish identity documents had been killed by the gunshot by Spanish police. (Reuters pic)

MADRID: Spanish police said on Monday they had shot a man armed with a knife as he tried to attack a police station in the north-eastern region of Catalonia.

Regional Mossos police said on Twitter the man had entered the police station in Cornella just before 0400 GMT “with the aim of attacking the officers” adding he had then been shot.

A Mossos spokeswoman said she could not give any further information.

State broadcaster RTVE said the attacker was a 29 year-old Algerian resident in Cornella with Spanish identity documents, and had been killed by the gunshot.

RTVE and other Spanish media said the man had shouted “Allah is great” as he entered the police station.