Costa del Sol gang wars continue as foreign man shot dead

Published:  21 Nov at 6 PM
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Gangland-style murders, bombings and violent attacks are continuing along the Costa del Sol.

Marbella’s upmarket Nagueles residential district became the scene of yet another gangland-style murder when a man described as ‘foreign’ was shot and killed by an assassin on a motorcycle.The area is known for its luxury gated communities popular with wealthy British expatriates, with the victim reported to have been living in a large, detached corner house close by a cut-through from a nearby motorway. He was murdered as he approached the garage where his car was parked. According to a national police spokesperson, the killing took place at around 8.30 p.m, and the murderer is still at large.

There is no information as yet about the killer’s nationality or name, and a specialist police unit formed to tackle violent crime and drug offences has attended the scene of the shooting. British expatriates living in and around Marbella and other popular retirement hubs in the region have witnessed an alarming rise in violent crime including bombings and murder, said to have begun as a turf was between two rival gangs involved in prostitution, drug and people trafficking and other criminal activities.

The violent crimes began in September with the shooting, stabbing and beating of a British national after his abduction by a gang over a drugs deal and continued with the stabbing in Puerto Barnus of another British man. Earlier this month, Estepona was the scene of the kidnap of a Spanish male in full view of expats and tourists. The victim’s body was later found in a vehicle in Algeciras and the murders continued with the killing of a Dutch national in a Benalmadena sushi restaurant. Previously, two bomb blasts had destroyed property in Benhavis and San Pedro de Alacantara and another, unexploded, bomb was found in Alto de los Monteros.
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