Spain certainly isn’t the nation it once was. Gone is the conservative government that would have never allowed Islamic jihadists the freedom of movement they presently enjoy.
Also gone are the stern-faced, no-nonsense, shoot-first-don’t-bother-asking-questions-later Guardia Civil whose mere mention of their name would strike fear into the hearts of guilty and innocent alike.
Then again, maybe not. Possibly the Spanish national police who sport the distinctive three-cornered hat, officially known as the Tricornio de la Guardia Civil Española, deserve a second look.
As reported by Breitbart.com, an individual “of North African origin” made a monumentally stupid mistake at a vehicle inspection point on the French-Spanish border;
Police have shot a man who sparked a terror alert near Spain’s border with France when he shouted the Islamist war cry, “Allahu Akbar” at a motorway checkpoint.
The man, thought to be a Frenchman of North African origin, was fired at after he began shouting the Arabic phrase, which means “Allah is greater [than your God]”, when his vehicle was pulled over around midnight on Saturday near La Jonquera.
He was hit in the leg and transferred to a local hospital where he remains in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in serious but stable condition, El Pais reports.
Juan Ignacio Zoido, a former judge and the minister of the interior and deputy for Seville, tweeted:
“Joint action of [the Guardia Civil], [Spain’s National Police Corps], and [Catalonia’s Mossos d’Esquadra police force] on the border crossing of La Junquera.
“Slightly wounded a man who resisted the registration of the vehicle with threatening attitude and shouting ‘Allah is great’.”
Actuación conjunta de @guardiacivil, @policia y @mossos en el paso fronterizo de La Junquera. Herido leve un hombre que se resistió al registro del vehículo con actitud amenazante y gritando “Alá es grande”.
— Juan Ignacio Zoido (@zoidoJI) November 18, 2017
Reports claim the police officers told him to get out of his car after searching a female woman driver. Things escalated when they spotted a “suspicious object” by his waist.
Officers struggled to identify the object in the dark as he approached them shouting. They shot into the air but he did not heed the warning.
After shouting the Islamist battle cry, he was shot twice and left immobilised on the floor. He then reportedly made it back to his car and began throwing clothes out of the window.