Thursday 23 November 2017

Spanish politician shot dead in city of Leon by 'disgruntled former civil servant'

Mark Elkington Madrid

A leading member of Spain's ruling Popular Party, Isabel Carrasco, was shot dead in the street in the city of Leon.

Local media reported police had detained two women, a mother and daughter, in connection with the shooting. The daughter was reported by local media to have just lost her job with the provincial government the day before.

The Spanish Interior Ministry has suggested the motive may have been a "personal act of revenge related to work".

The news dominated local media and all the main political parties, who are in the middle of campaigning for European Parliament elections next Sunday, cancelled the rest of their day's activities.

The shooting took place at around 5.20pm yesterday when witnesses said a woman fired three times at Ms Carrasco while she walked across a bridge. "We thought it was firecrackers," a man and a woman near the scene. (© Independent News Services)

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