A MAN has randomly attacked and beheaded a woman in a supermarket on the Spanish resort island of Tenerife, officials say.
The suspect, believed to be a homeless Bulgarian man with a police record, was detained by security guards after he ran out of the supermarket with the blood-soaked head in his hands.
A witness told broadcaster Cadena Ser that he saw the man drop the woman’s head on the pavement after coming out of the store.
“I parked my car and saw a man running out with something bloody in his hands and a security guard chasing him. He threw it to the ground, it almost hit me and what he had been carrying was a woman’s head,” the unnamed witness said in a radio interview.
Regional Interior Ministry delegate Dominica Fernandez said the suspect is believed to have entered the shop, stolen a knife which he then used to assault and behead the woman, whose identity hasn’t been released.
Fernandez told journalists the attack appeared to be random and that the man was well known in the area.
The events took place shortly after 10am local time on Friday in the southern town of Arona, about 15 kilometres north of the beach resort of Los Cristianos, on the Spanish resort island of Tenerife, in the Canary Islands.