British man dies in failed murder–suicide

A British man has been found dead after allegedly attacking his ex-partner in the southern Spanish town of Mijas, an assault he believed ended in the woman's death.

British man dies in failed murder–suicide
Photo: Paul Horner

The 50-year-old man allegedly attacked the woman while she was sleeping, Civil Guard officers said.

He is thought to have bludgeoned the victim with a blunt object before fleeing the scene believing his ex-partner to be dead, Spanish news agency Europa Press reported on Wednesday.

But the injured woman was discovered by her son and rushed to Hospital Costa del Sol with serious injuries.

A search of the office in Benalmádena where the aggressor worked revealed a note outlining the man's plans to murder his ex-partner, sources close to the investigation told Diario Sur.

The man's Volkswagen car was found near the Jaén town of Santa Elena.

The man's body was then found at the bottom of viaduct, according to Spanish media reports.

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Man sets himself ablaze outside Morocco consulate in Madrid

A man was seriously injured after setting himself on fire outside the Moroccan consulate in Madrid on Tuesday, police and diplomatic sources told AFP.

Man sets himself ablaze outside Morocco consulate in Madrid

It took place in a northeastern district of the Spanish capital at around midday and the man was taken to hospital in a serious condition, the emergency services said.

“We treated a man who had suffered serious burns and took him to La Paz hospital,” an emergency services spokesman told AFP.

Police sources confirmed the man “had set himself on fire outside the Moroccan consulate” but were unable to give further details.

Details of the incident were confirmed by a Moroccan diplomatic source.

“The person set himself on fire next to the consulate. We have no idea why
he did it. It happened very quickly,” the source told AFP.

“There was no contact with the consulate, it happened just outside.”

Unconfirmed media reports said the man was a Moroccan national in his 40s,
with an eyewitness telling Spain’s RTVE public television he saw what happened
while driving past.

“I saw him running and there were people behind him trying to pull his clothes off,” said the witness, who gave his name as Rasheed, adding that he saw someone running over with a fire extinguisher to try and put out the flames.

“From the way the flames were starting from his head, I think he had poured
petrol over himself.”