A TOTAL of 21 people were killed in proven or alleged murders in Malaga Province in 2018, the highest number for a decade according to Interior Ministry figures.
Data from the Ministry and the National Institute of Statistics (INE) showed the number of murders was more than double the amount in 2017.
The increase is believed to have been fuelled by the rise in suspected gang related killings on the Costa del Sol, according to police sources.
The total number of crimes committed in the province stood at 78,209, 1.2 per cent more than in 2017.
There were a total of 50 attempted murders and nine kidnappings, an increase of 25 per cent and 80 per cent respectively.
There were 37 rapes reported in Malaga Province in 2018, 11 less than the year before. Sexual assaults rose by 18 per cent overall, according to Interior Ministry figures.