Two dead in drug gang shootout in Spanish city: police

17th February 2011, Comments 0 comments

Two men were killed, and another seriously injured with a bullet wound to the head in a suspected shootout between rival drug gangs in the Spanish port of Cartagena, police said Thursday.

The shooting broke out at an apartment in the centre of the city in southeastern Spain overnight and police quickly cordoned off the neighbourhood, a local police spokesman said.

Police then stormed the apartment and found the two men who had been shot dead as well as the third severely injured man, and arrested two others.

The authors of the shootings are "apparently" linked to drug trafficking, the spokesman said.

"Everything indicates that it is a settling of accounts in the world of drug trafficking," the prefect of the province of Murcia, Rafael Tovar Gonzalez, was quoted by the online edition of daily newspaper El Pais as saying.

Spain is one of the main entry points in Europe for illegal drugs coming from Latin America and north Africa.

© 2011 AFP

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