Man held for taking nuns hostage and attempting to burn down convent in Spain

NATIONAL POLICE officers in Spain have arrested a 58-year-old man who allegedly tried to set the Siervas de Jesus convent alight after holding four nuns at knife-point.

The indecent took place at around 1.00pm last Tuesday when the nuns opened the doors to the convent on San Vicente street to hand out food to the most disadvantaged.

According to witnesses, an individual was seen forcing the nuns into the convent while intimidating them with a knife. Bystanders also said that they could hear someone threatening to burn down the building.

The National Police, who confirmed the events today (Wednesday), arrived at the scene of the incident after multiple 091 calls to find that the doors were locked from the inside and cries of help could be heard.

The individual, screaming, told the nuns to be quiet and to not open the doors.

Police managed to enter by a rear door, that had been opened by one of the nuns, while two other officers attempted to negotiate with the offender.

Once inside the convent, the police officers acted at the ‘fastest pace possible’ to halt the offender as they were soaked in gasoline that was stored in a plastic container.

One of the officers was slightly injured after the man threw some of the petrol into the officer’s face.

The detainee has been left in hands of the Judicial Authority for the alleged crimes of illegal detention, threats, resistance and disobedience.

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