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‘I’ll kill all the politicians’: Teen held over tweets

A 19-year-old Spanish man has been arrested for sending out threatening tweets authorities believe justify Monday's murder of Spanish politician Isabel Carrasco.

'I'll kill all the politicians': Teen held over tweets
File photo: Spanish National Police

"Put them (the politicians) in a row, or side by side, and give me an AK-47 (machine gun) and you'll see how I get rid of these fascists," the young man allegedly tweeted.

"Damn that's how you do it. Let's kill all of them," the man from Spain's Valencia region wrote in another tweet.

"Now we just need to kill (Spanish Prime Minister Mariano) Rajoy and (Deputy Prime Minister) Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría," he tweeted, before going on to list other Spanish politicians.

These tweets, posted over several days, have now landed the 19-year-old in custody.

His arrest comes after Spain's Interior Minister Jorge Fernández Díaz on Tuesday annouced authorities would crack down on people posting offensive content about murdered ruling Party Politican Isabel Carrasco.

Carrasco, the head of León's provincial government, was killed on the street near her home on Monday. A mother and daughter person were arrested shortly afterwards. On Wednesday, the mother confessed.

"We have to clean the web of these undesireable elements," said Fernández Díaz of the internet crackdown.

While some have praised the cracksown, others have viewed it as an attempt to silence free speech about a political figure widely viewed as controversial, and a futher attempt on the part of the government against criticism.

Spanish police in late April arrested 17 people, including two minors, accused of promoting terrorism and humiliating terror victims on social media sites.

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Spain church attack suspect to undergo psychiatric testing

The Moroccan suspect held in connection with a machete attack on two Spanish churches, killing a verger and badly injuring a priest, will undergo psychiatric testing, a court said Tuesday.

Spain church attack suspect to undergo psychiatric testing

The case is being handled by the Audiencia Nacional, Spain’s top criminal court, with the judge in charge asking that “two doctors conduct a psychiatric evaluation of the suspect”.

The suspect, 25-year-old Yassine Kanjaa, was arrested at the scene after the attacks on two churches in the southern town of Algeciras last week.

The Audiencia Nacional said the psychiatric evaluation, which will be carried out by doctors from the court’s forensic department, would provide “information about the legal responsibility” of the “presumed jihadist”.

Prosecutors have opened a terror probe and, on Monday, the court remanded the suspect in custody without bail on murder and terrorism charges.

During the deadly incident on January 26th, the suspect entered San Isidro church and attacked its priest with a machete, leaving him seriously wounded before entering Nuestra SeƱora de La Palma.

There he attacked the verger and chased him out of the church where he killed him.

‘Targeted priests and infidels’

Court details released on Monday said the attacker had also injured three other people, including another Moroccan man whom he “considered an infidel” because he had renounced his faith.

It said Kanjaa’s actions could be “qualified as a jihadist attack directed at both priests who profess the Catholic faith, and Muslims who, according to the suspect, don’t follow the Koran”.

The court said the suspect fits the profile of a “self-indoctrinated terrorist who acts individually without direct ties to a specific terror group but operates in the name of jihadist philosophy”.

Last week, Spain’s left-wing government refused to rule out mental illness and the police have described him as “unstable”.

The court said Kanjaa became indoctrinated “rapidly” within the space of up to six weeks, citing witnesses as telling police that just before that, he “was drinking alcohol and smoking hashish”. Then he suddenly started listening “regularly to the Koran on his mobile phone”.

One of Kanjaa’s neighbours told AFP something similar on Friday, saying he had changed radically six weeks ago, growing a beard and wearing a long robe.

Officials have said Kanjaa was served with a deportation order last June but had no prior convictions and was not under surveillance.

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