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Policeman kills parents before taking own life

A policeman in Spain's northern Basque region on Sunday allegedly killed his eldery parents before taking his own life in a murder-suicide that the local mayor has described as "absolutely inexplicable".

The policeman came off night shift on Sunday morning and went to visit his parents in Bilbao's Barakaldo neighbourhood.

He then allegedly shot his 79-year-old father and 80-year-old mother before taking his own life, local newspaper Diario Vasco reported.

The bodies of the three were found late afternoon on Sunday with obvious signs of violence, but it is not known what time the three died.

Police investigating the case said they did not believe anyone else was involved.

Barakaldo mayor Alfonso García said the incident was "sad and explicable", describing the officer involved as "very professional" and a "good neighbour".

Regional daily La Voz de Galicia reported work colleagues as saying that the agent had been acting strangely on Saturday night during his final shift.

The paper also reported the illness of the man's parents, but the causes for the tragedy are yet to be established.  

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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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