Costa del Sol Brit expat community warned as gang war escalates

Published:  11 Oct at 6 PM
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Expats and tourists along the Costa del Sol have been warned to be alert after two bomb blasts shook a gated Benahavis estate and an industrial area.

Expatriates and visitors awoke in horror as two explosions shook the popular resort town in the early hours of Wednesday morning. The first bomb went off outside a villa in a popular gated estate, with the second exploding outside a car wash owned by the householder whose home was targeted. According to local police, the two incidents are almost certainly linked to the discovery last month of an unexploded, home-made bomb found in a residential district east of Marbella. Bomb squad experts defused that bomb by means of a controlled explosion, and a Dutch national was arrested.

According to police, it’s not yet known whether the bombings were linked to several violent crimes involving Britons.In Puerto Banus, a resort popular with British expats,a young British man repeatedly stabbed without warning by an as yet unknown assailant ten days after another Briton was shot, stabbed and beaten after being abducted by a criminal gang. Drugs are believed to be involved with all the crimes.

Last week in Estepona, a 29 year old Spanish man was kidnapped and later found dead in an abandoned car in Algeciras. Police are not ruling out the possibility that all the incidents form part of a drug-related gang war in the region. A BMW suspected of being connected with the Benahavis bombings has been found burnt out after being abandoned in a Marbella residential area, and is now under forensic investigation at a local police car pound. The continued escalation of criminal violence on the Costa del Sol is of grave concern for expatriate residents in the area, many of whom are British retirees and all now fearing for their safety.
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