POLICE from Spain and Sweden have arrested nine members of a notorious gang of hit men, allegedly responsible for two murders in Malaga.
In a joint operation named ‘Rueda,’ police arrested seven men and two women, aged between 24 and 64, for murder, organised crime, and falsifying documents.
Officers claim the group, thought to be the ‘most bloodthirsty’ in Southern Spain, is connected to drug trafficking and carried out murders ‘to order.’
Spanish National Police and Swedish Police began investigating on March 25 after an off-road vehicle was stolen and used in a fire at a gym in Marbella, thought to belong to a known drug dealer. The same day, the suspects are thought to have tried to unsuccessfully burn down a beach bar in Estepona, returning again two weeks later to finish the job.
Police believe the gang was later responsible for two killings. On May 12, a man died of a gun wound outside the gates of a church in San Pedro de Alcantara after being shot several times by a suspect on a motorbike. On August 20, another man was killed at his home in Estepona, before the perpetrator made off on a bicycle.
After identifying the alleged gang, police carried out several raids in Sweden and Spain, arresting nine gang members and seizing a bulletproof vest, an electric pistol, personal defence sprays, computer equipment, 11 mobile phones, €4,165 in cash, and three high-end watches valued at almost a quarter of a million Euros.