Knifeman killed in Spain police station attack

Spanish police officers in Barcelona Spain

Spanish police officers in Barcelona Spain

Barcelona police are treating a knife attack on officers at a city police station as a terrorist incident.

The man entered a police station in Cornella, near Barcelona, just before 6am local time "to attack the officers" and was "shot down", Catalonia regional police said on Twitter.

There was no evidence linking the attacker with a terrorist cell, Comas said, and documents found on him suggested he was an Algerian national. Police shot him and he was buried lately.

Catalan police are due to give more details about the attack at a Barcelona press conference scheduled for noon (20:00 AEST).

The man shouted "Allah" and other words that police officers did not understand, Comes said, adding that Spanish intelligence services are helping with the investigation.

The attacker had walked through the building's entrance where he was immediately challenged by a woman officer with the Catalan force, the Mossos d'Esquadra, and by a sergeant on duty, police sources told the Efe news agency.

Teresa Cunillera, the central government's representative in Catalonia, called for "prudence" before deciding what the man's motive was and until police had finished their probe.

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Comes says "for the moment" the incident "is being treated as a terrorist act". Comes said police are investigating the man's background and are awaiting a warrant to search his apartment.

He then leapt towards a female officer, brandishing a large knife, they said.

A body is taken away after an incident in the northern Spanish town of Cornella.

Police station across Spain have been put on alert and Spain remains on its second highest terror alert level, four out of five, which it has been on since 2015.

Taib Abdelouahab, 29, had entered the station in Cornellà, where a lone officer was on duty.

Police Commissioner Rafel Comes said the man had a "clear intent to kill", according to the BBC.

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