Man shot dead in the street in upmarket area of Spanish resort Marbella

A man has been shot dead in an upmarket area of the Costa del Sol resort of Marbella.

Well-placed Spanish sources said they believed the latest victim in the upsurge of violence affecting the popular British holiday destination was “foreign”, although there was no immediate confirmation of his nationality.

The shooting happened around 8.30pm local time in a residential street in an area of Marbella known as Nagueles, where many Brits live in large mansions and gated estates.

The gunman fled on a motorbike after shooting his victim several times as he reached the garage where he normally parks.

A police hunt for the killer is ongoing.

The murder bears all the hallmarks of another of the gangland-style incidents which have rocked the Costa del Sol in recent months.

On October 27 a Dutch gangster was shot dead in a sushi restaurant in Benalmadena.

The shocking crime happened less than three weeks after two bomb blasts linked to an ongoing gang war.

One went off outside a house on a gated estate in the Costa del Sol town of Benhavis which is popular with British expats and holidaymakers.

The second exploded at almost the same time outside a car wash firm on an industrial estate in nearby San Pedro de Alcantara close to the resort of Marbella which is owned by the man whose home was targeted.

No-one was injured in the blasts, although several cars were destroyed.

Police said at the time they were linking the two October 10 incidents, which followed the discovery of another home-made bomb on a residential area called Alto de los Monteros east of Marbella.

Bomb squad officers carried out a controlled explosion to make the device safe after being alerted on September 11.

A Dutch national linked to organised crime – the man later shot dead in the Benalmadena sushi restaurant called Tiki – was later arrested.

On September 19, a 24-year-old Brit was stabbed twice in the legs by an assailant who attacked him in the street without warning in the popular resort of Puerto Banus.

The violent crime occurred ten days after a 35-year-old Brit was shot, stabbed, beaten and given a ‘Glasgow Smile’ close to the same area after being abducted by a gang of criminals over a drug deal.

The torture victim was later identified as Craig Moran, who had been jailed for 13 years for his part in a September 2003 armed raid on a jeweller’s in Nottingham in which shop owner Marian Bates was killed.

The resort of Estepona, a 20-minute drive west of Marbella, was the scene of a shocking kidnap earlier this month when criminals kidnapped a Spanish man on the street in front of tourists and locals.

The 29-year-old, who was known to police and said to be linked to drugs trafficking, was later found stabbed to death in a car in the Spanish port city of Algeciras.

A National Police spokesman said of the latest crime: “We can confirm that we are investigating an incident with a firearm which has result in the death of a man who was shot in a residential area of Marbella.

“The incident happened around 8.30pm.”

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