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Man decapitates apparent stranger in Canary Islands supermarket

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • A knife-wielding man attacked a woman on Tenerife
  • He cut off her head and ran away with it, officials say
  • Security guards chased and subdued him
  • Police identified him as Bulgarian national
  • Tenerife

(CNN) -- A knife-wielding man attacked a woman in a supermarket, eventually cutting off her head and running away with it, government officials in Spain's Tenerife Island said Friday.

The man entered a shopping center in the town of Arona, in the Cristianos area of Tenerife, and stole a knife from the supermarket before attacking the apparent stranger, a central government spokeswoman said.

Shopping center security guards were alerted and chased the man, subduing him until police arrived. The man, whom national police in Tenerife identified as a Bulgarian, was apparently known in the shopping area, the government spokeswoman said.

The British Foreign and Commonwealth office confirmed Friday that a British national had died in Tenerife, part of the Canary Islands.

CNN's Al Goodman, Per Nyberg and Bharati Naik contributed to this report.