Spain to boost organised crime fight

14th January 2009, Comments 0 comments

Spain's interior minister said Tuesday he had ordered the fight against organised crime in Madrid to be stepped up following a series of recent killings.

MADRID - "In recent days we have seen a few incidents which force us to include the fight against organised crime in Madrid and the surrounding region amongst our priorities," Interior Minister Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba told reporters.

On Thursday a gunman fired four shots from a silenced pistol into suspected Colombian drugs lord Leonidas Vargas as the 60-year-old lay in his Madrid hospital bed, killing him instantly in a crime that gained widespread attention.

Two days later the head bouncer at the "Heaven" nightclub in the historic centre of the Spanish capital, a 31-year-old Romanian facing trial for kidnapping, was shot dead. The gunman in that shooting is also suspected of killing another man who worked at a separate nightclub as he fled the scene.

Police suspect the shootings were a settling of scores between an organization of Bulgarian bouncers and a rival Spanish group who are fighting for the control of the nightclub security business in Madrid, said Rubalcaba.

Later that same night a Colombian man was seriously injured after he was shot at the door of another nearby nightclub, the "Fala Fala".

AFP / Expatica

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