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German father arrested over murder of wife and ten-year-old son in Tenerife cave

Spanish police found the bodies of a missing German woman and her ten-year-old son on Wednesday inside a cave on the holiday island of Tenerife after arresting the boy's father, police said Thursday.

German father arrested over murder of wife and ten-year-old son in Tenerife cave
The bodies were found in a cave near the Teide national park on Tenerife. Photo: Boarding2Now/Depositphotos

The couple's other five-year-old son reportedly told police on Tuesday that he had been taken to the cave in the municipality of Adeje in the southwest of the island with his mother and brother but had managed to escape.   

A couple found the boy on a mountain and then alerted the authorities who then arrested his father on Tuesday night, a Guardia Civil police force spokesman told AFP.

The spokesman said did not give details as to what the boy said he had seen. The cause of death of the boy's mother and older brother had yet to be established, he added.

“The bodies were found in a mountainous area, inside a cave, between two ravines,” the spokesman said.

   Local officials say everything is pointing to a case of domestic violence.    

Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, who faces a general election on Sunday, tweeted that “a mother and her son have been murdered. Gender-bassed violence has struck again… we must end this.”

Spanish daily newspaper El Pais, citing unnamed sources close to the investigation, said the woman and her two children were visiting the boys' father in Tenerife.

Tenerife, the biggest of Spain's Canary Islands located off the coast of Morocco, is especially popular with British and German tourists and expats.

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Spain seizes first underwater drug smuggling drones

Spanish police said on Monday they had seized six underwater drones capable of transporting large quantities of drugs from Morocco to Spain and broken up a gang suspected of manufacturing them.

Spain seizes first underwater drug smuggling drones

Officers seized six of the so-called “drone submarines” and arrested eight people in raids carried out in Barcelona and the southern provinces of Málaga and Cádiz, a police statement said.

Police said it was the first time they had seized such devices, which are officially known as unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs).

They believe the gang made underwater drones “capable of bearing big loads” for use by other criminal organisations.

“These devices could allow drug traffickers to transport large quantities of narcotics remotely across the Strait of Gibraltar,” the statement said.

The drones had up to 12 motors each and a range of 30 kilometres (18 miles).

That is easily enough to manage an underwater crossing of the Strait of Gibraltar separating Spain from Morocco which measures just 15 kilometres (nine miles).

Three of the drones were due to be delivered to a French drug ring to “transport significant amounts of cocaine”, the statement said.

The gang also built false bottoms into vehicles to allow gangs to smuggle drugs, as well as “unmanned semi-submersible vessels” that could carry up to 200 kilogrammes (440 pounds) of product.

Their customers included criminal gangs in Denmark, France, Italy and Spain, police said.

Spain’s physical proximity to Morocco, a major hashish producer, and its close ties with former colonies in Latin America, a major cocaine producing region, have made it a key entry point for drugs bound for Europe.

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