Arrests after Spanish civil guards killed in boat chase with suspected drugs gang

Two officers died and two others injured when their patrol craft was rammed by speedboat off the coast of Barbate

Eight people have been arrested after two Spanish Guardia Civil officers were killed and two more injured when their small patrol boat was rammed by a speedboat driven by suspected drug smugglers off the southern port of Barbate.

Video of the incident, which took place on Friday night, showed a large speedboat hitting the police inflatable launch at high speed. Stretches of Spain’s southern coast have seen a series of violent clashes in recent years between police and smugglers bringing in drugs from north Africa.

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