A man has killed and beheaded a British woman in a supermarket on the Spanish holiday island of Tenerife.
The man attacked the unnamed 60-year-old woman in a Chinese supermarket in the resort town of Los Cristianos, Arona, severing her neck with a knife and then rushing on to the street carrying the head.
Passersby and security guards tried to stop him and he was eventually caught after an Italian man on a motorbike knocked him to the ground by hurling a helmet at him. The man tripped over and fell to the ground, with his pursuers managing to restrain him until police arrived.
The alleged killer is an unemployed Bulgarian apparently well known in the town and occasionally given to loudly proclaiming himself to be God on earth. The 28-year-old man lives in the town.
Spain's state news agency, EFE, quoted police sources as saying that the victim was a 60-year-old British woman who had been shopping in the supermarket about 10.30am local time. Her name has not been released.
Colin Kirby, a reporter for Tenerifemagazine.com, saw the aftermath of the attack.
"I didn't see the attack but I saw the guy," he said. "It was unreal. I was walking past the commercial centre and I saw a small group of people outside. There was a guy from the medical centre going down the ramp and I thought perhaps someone had fainted.
"I heard people shouting and screaming and making a commotion and there was this guy and he was holding a head in his hand. He was holding it by the hair, there was blood on it. I thought it was a theatrical head, guy playing a practical joke. There was nothing in his other hand, no weapon or anything.
"The man was in his late 20s … he was a bit dishevelled, unwashed, he was wearing a jumper and trousers, when everyone else is wearing shorts. Even at 10.30 in the morning, it's boiling."
Kirby said that the man ran off after a group of people chased after him but he was tackled by a security guard.
"There were people coming after him and he started running. A security guard tried to tackle him and he ran but then the security guard managed to restrain him:
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