Police arrest three over shooting of Spanish politician


Three people have been arrested in connection with the shooting of a Spanish conservative politician earlier this month.

Alejandro Vidal-Quadras, 78, was shot in the face in broad daylight on a Madrid street on November 9.

He remains in hospital.

The police force's press department said two suspects were detained in southern Spain's city of Lanjaron and the third in the city of Fuengirola.

The department declined to provide more details.

Spanish state news agency EFE and other media outlets said none of the three was suspected of having fired the shot that hit Vidal-Quadras, who helped found Spain's populist Vox party.

The National Court is investigating the shooting as a possible terrorist attack.

EFE said the two people arrested in Lanjaron were a Spanish man and his partner, a woman with United Kingdom citizenship.

A man detained in Fuéngirola, also a Spaniard, was arrested in connection with a motorbike used in the shooting, the news agency reported.

Vidal-Quadras was an important member of Spain's conservative Popular Party and also a European Parliament member before he helped found Vox.

He has not been active in politics for several years but maintained a public role as a media commentator and columnist.