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On-the-run acid attack suspect has seven arrest warrants in force

Emergency services at the scene of the incident.
Emergency services at the scene of the incident. / SUR
  • Police are still searching for the 26-year-old man whose grey Volkswagen was spotted on the Costa del Sol shortly after the attack

A police manhunt is ongoing after the horrific acid attack on two young women that left both of them with serious burn injuries in Cartama on Tuesday afternoon.

National Police and Guardia Civil are looking for a 26-year-old man believed to be the ex-boyfriend of one of the victims.

According to SUR sources the man has seven arrest warrants in force for various crimes committed across Malaga province including robbery with violence and motoring offences.

The attack on the two women happened while they were sitting in a white Mini. A grey VW had blocked the traffic and there was an altercation. Witnesses said a young man left his vehicle, approached the car and sprayed acid through the partially lowered window of the women’s car.

Serious burns

The state of the white Mini after the car and occupants were sprayed with acid.

The state of the white Mini after the car and occupants were sprayed with acid. / SUR

Both of the screaming victims leapt from the vehicle which careered out of control down the street for 60 metres before crashing into a lamp post. The alleged attacker fled the scene in his vehicle.

Local Police officers were first on the scene and a few minutes later paramedics arrived. They called for the support of an air ambulance due to the nature of the women's injuries.

The suspect’s ex-girlfriend suffered deep burns to 45 per cent of the body and she was flown to a specialist burns unit in Seville where her condition is described as “very serious”.

Her friend was rushed to the burns unit of Malaga’s regional hospital in a “serious but stable” condition with 25 per cent burns to her body.

The mayor of Cártama, Jorge Gallardo, condemned the events in an official statement.

The manhunt for the attacker is still active.