Police arrest hitman who dismembered victims

Spanish police said on Tuesday they had arrested a suspected Colombian hitman nicknamed 'El Nino' (The Kid), accused of killing and then cutting up two compatriots whose remains were found in a Dutch canal.

Police arrest hitman who dismembered victims
The 33-year-old is accused of murdering two Colombian residents of Spain, whose chopped-up body parts turned up May 31 last year in a canal in The Netherlands. Photo: Spanish Police

The 33-year-old man is accused of murdering the two Colombian residents of Spain, whose chopped-up body parts turned up May 31st last year in a canal in the town of Pijnacker Nootdorp, near the Dutch city of The Hague, Spanish police said in a statement.

The Colombian victims had travelled from Spain to the Netherlands for a drugs deal that went wrong, and they were murdered in a supposed settling of scores, police said.

Spanish police said they arrested the suspected hitman — named by the Spanish press as Juan Héctor Alejandro Roldán Puentes — on January 16th  in the town of Majadahonda, near Madrid, after the Dutch authorities had issued a European detention order.

The man was also charged with drug trafficking, money laundering and extortion, police said.

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