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Man gunned down in Spain was major Dublin gangland figure

The area where the shooting took place today
The area where the shooting took place today

The man killed in an apparent assassination on the Costa Del Sol today was a major gangland figure from Dublin.

The killing had all the hallmarks of a professional hit and it appears that the victim was a well known Dublin gangland figure in his thirties who had fallen foul of the powerful Kinihan drug cartel based in Spain.

He is from the north inner city of Dublin and had been based in Spain where he was involved in the drug importation business with the Kinihan mob.

It is believed he had recently fallen out with the gang and that there was threat on his life.

Earlier today reporter Gerard Couzens reported from Mijas, near Marbella.

He spoke to a lifeguard at the complex, who discovered the dead body: "The gunman was masked and wore gloves. He started shooting in the garage before chasing his victim out into the swimming pool."

Residents of the complex said the man had been resident in a ground-floor apartment for about a year.

The lifeguard confirmed the man's nationality: “I know he’s Irish because I’ve spoken to him and I’ve seen his identity documents. 

“I was the one who identified him. He lives in a ground-floor flat but I don’t know his name or much about him. He’s very reserved."

The shooter fled the scene.

A police investigation into the shooting is ongoing.

It is the second shooting in the area in a week after a 30-year-old Colombian man was shot and killed in Mijas.