Police are hunting for those responsible for the mysterious death of a man of Spanish nationality who was found on the main road alongside Malaga's Paseo Marítimo.
The man had been thrown out of a vehicle with multiple stab wounds and subsequently run over by a passing car that was unable to avoid the victim in time. First indications are that this was a revenge killing or a score-settling.
The grim discovery was made around 6am on Sunday morning on the stretch of road alongside the La Malagueta beach. Emergency services received various calls from passers-by.
Although the victim was not carrying any identification, police have confirmed that he was a 32-year-old Spanish national with a criminal record, although this record is not linked to the trafficking of drugs, they stressed.
Officers are now investigating the dead man's movements prior to last Sunday, trying to identify if he had enemies and what the likely motive was for the killing. So far they have not said they have any more leads to go on.
National police take charge
Initially the Local Police attended the scene, believing that the man had been victim of a less-complicated road accident. However a first glance by officers at the man and his stab wounds saw the investigation passed over to National Police immediately.
The driver of the car that hit the man tested negative for drugs and alcohol.