Catalan police officers stand guard at the entrance of a building during a raid, following an attack in Cornella de Llobregat near Barcelona, Spain, Monday, August 20, 2018. Police in Barcelona say they have shot a man who attacked officers with a knife at a police station in the Spanish city, saying in a tweet Monday the attack occurred just before 6 a.m. in the Cornella district of the city. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

The Latest: Barcelona police shoot knife attacker dead

August 20, 2018 - 5:57 am

MADRID (AP) — The Latest on a knife attack in Barcelona (all times local):

12:55 p.m.

Barcelona police say they are treating a man's knife attack on officers at a city police station as a terrorist incident.

Commissioner Rafel Comes, the second-in-command of the Barcelona police, tells a news conference that police shot dead the man after he entered the premises on Monday and pulled out a knife.

Comes says the man shouted "Allah" and other words that police officers did not understand.

But he says police have found no evidence linking the incident to last year's terror attacks in Barcelona and nearby Cambrils, which killed 16 people.

Intelligence services are helping with the investigation.


8:45 p.m.

Spanish police say a man attacked officers with a knife at a police station in Barcelona and was gunned down.

The attacked occurred just before 6 a.m. (0400 GMT) Monday in the Cornella district on the outskirts of the city, local police said in a tweet.

Police said the man "intended to attack police officers."

They did not say whether the attacker was killed, but a short time after the incident a wrapped-up body was taken out of the police station on a stretcher and placed in a mortuary van.

Police provided no further details about the incident but said an investigation was launched and a news conference would be held later in the morning.

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