Police have shot a man who sparked a terror alert near Spain’s border with France by shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ at a checkpoint. Officers opened fire on man, believed to be a Frenchman of north African origin, after he began to shout in Arabic when vehicle he was travelling in was intercepted at a motorway toll near La Jonquera on the Spanish side of border. He was hit in leg and rushed to a nearby hospital. He has undergone an operation at hospital, Doctor Josep Trueta University Hospital in Girona and his life is not said to be in any danger.
Local reports told officers ordered him out of the car he was in after searching woman driver and became suspicious after seeing he had a ‘suspicious object’ by his waist. Civil Guard officers called for reinforcements from regional Mossos d’Esquadra police after he reportedly began shouting in Arabic, yelling words ‘Allahu Akbar’, before getting back into vehicle. He is told to have been shot twice after and slumped to the ground after leaving the car, which had been surrounded by police, some 30 minutes later with an unidentified object in his hand. He was arrested after managing to return to vehicle a second time and throwing his clothes out of window. An investigation into incident, which happened just after midnight is now underway. Sources close to inquiry told they were not probing it as a terror incident and believed the unidentified man may have been acting under influence of drugs. Two other people, a man and a woman, were in car with him. Injured man, who has been arrested, is expected to be quizzed by police when he is well enough.