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Spain: Wanted French 'hitman' arrested in Halloween disguise

Associated Press Associated Press 4/11/2016

MADRID — Spanish police say they have arrested a wanted French national suspected of heading a gang of hired assassins who worked for drug-traffickers.

A police statement Friday said the man was arrested during Halloween celebrations Monday when he disguised himself in a devil's costume to meet colleagues at a popular bar complex in the southern city of Malaga.

Police said they began investigations last month when Malaga agents found a "hitman's kit" that included two guns, a silencer, ammunition, eight mobile phones, false identity papers and 5,000 euros ($5,500) in cash.

The statement said the 47-year-old man of Algerian background is on Frances's most-wanted list for suspected murder, drug-trafficking and money-laundering. His name was not released.

Two Spaniards who allegedly helped him hide in Spain were also arrested.

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