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Woman’s attempted suicide jump kills pensioner seated on bench

A man died on Wednesday after a woman who seemed to be attempting suicide by jumping from a seventh floor balcony in Alicante landed on top of him. The woman survived.

Woman's attempted suicide jump kills pensioner seated on bench
Archive photo of an ambulance in Spain. Photo: Pierre-Philippe Marcou / AFP.

The octogenarian was sitting on a bench in Alicante with his wife on Wednesday morning when the woman landed on top of him, having fallen from a seventh-floor balcony above, according to local newspaper Diario Información.

A spokesman for Alicante's city council confirmed to The Local that the incident occurred near the Plaza Manila, but could not give further details because the case is being handled by the national police.

The newspaper reported that the woman, 48, is believed to have been attempting to commit suicide and that neighbours said she suffered from depression.

The woman was taken to hospital, suffering from serious injuries, though she is in stable condition, according to El Mundo.

The man's wife was also taken to hospital, suffering from shock, according to Europa Press.

The Spanish phone number for the International Association of Hope's crisis hotline is 902-500-002.

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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 Señora 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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