Spain police shoot and kill man with knife

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Spanish police have shot and fatally wounded a man who attacked an officer with a large kitchen knife in a southern Madrid suburb, a spokesman says.

Police were called after the man, aged about 40, began threatening passers-by with the knife outside a hospital in the Villaverde neighbourhood.

"The man assaulted a police officer, who was forced to shoot at him," the spokesman said.

"When the assault carried on, other officers also fired shots."

The man, described as of sub-Saharan African origin and known to police, died at the scene from his wounds.

He had a record of violence against police since 2020 and apparently suffered from psychiatric problems, the spokesman said.

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