Spanish police arrested a man who tried to cross the border between Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla while threatening officers with a knife.
The man, believed to be Moroccan, approached the border at Beni Enzar at 7:35 a.m. and shouted “Allahu akbar” – or God is Greatest – before he was brought down by an officer who hurled a plastic traffic barrier at his head.
One policeman was cut on the hand during the incident.
— Juan Ignacio Zoido (@zoidoJI) July 25, 2017
Spain’s Interior Ministry released CCTV footage showing the man, dressed in blue shirt and beige shorts, walking across the border waving a knife.
Officers stay back before one of them runs up behind him and knocks him to the ground by striking him on the head with a white traffic bollard.
Once felled, the man is tackled by several police including officers with riot shields and detained.
Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido said on Twitter: “The rapid, coordinated and professional conduct of the police has avoided a serious incident in Beni Enzar. All my support to the hurt officer.”