Arsonist targeted immigrants in shanty town in Spain resulting in death of man

Guardia Civil activates operation to rescue injured explorer from Almeria cave. Image: Fernando Rivero Díaz, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

THE Guardia Civil have arrested a man as the alleged arsonist at a shanty dwelling in Huelva, Spain, which resulted in the death of a 23-year-old Moroccan man.

According to the police, the victim was trapped inside a shack as a fire ripped through a shanty town on the San Jorge de Palos de la Frontera industrial estate on December 14.

As the incident was called into the emergency services, an ambulance, fire crews and patrols from the Guardia Civil and Local Police rushed to the scene. Firefighters were able to put out the fire, but tragically found the deceased man inside. A 43-year-old woman was able to escape, but had been seriously injured where she was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

A murder probe was launched when evidence revealed that the fire was an intentional act. By chance, the detainee returned to the settlement over the weekend and threatened those living on the land that he would ‘kill them all by starting a fire again.’

The Guardia Civil were immediately alerted and rushed to the site on December 22, where upon questioning he admitted that he was the person responsible for the fire. He said that he had carried out the crime in revenge after being expelled from the shanty town due to his past behaviour. 

As Euro Weekly News understands, the man has been detained in custody where he is due to appear in court in due course. 

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The Palos de la Frontera industrial estate. Credit: Cruz Roja.
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