Islamic extremists are being hunted by police after breaking into a church and spraying ‘Allah’ onto the wall before destroying a crucifix.
The thugs broke into the Church of our Lady of Carmen in the Spanish town of Rincon de la Victoria, Andalucia on Monday, where they also destroyed statues of Jesus and the Virgin Mary.
An investigation has been launched by Spain’s Civil Guard into allegations of vandalism, after the shocking scene was discovered by priest Agustin Carrasco.
Local Christian leaders from the Diocese of Malaga said the attack did not represent the actions of all Muslims.
In a statement it also urged “respect and fraternity between different religious groups”.
The population of Andalusia has seen a significant increase in its Muslim population in recent years.
A Moroccan man from the town was arrested last month, accused of trying to damage a statue of the Virgin Mary.
Police claimed the man, 27, was throwing a large rock towards the statue while chanting Allahu Akbar, which means “God is great”.