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Published 13/05/2015

A man in Gran Canaria has shot dead his brother and sister
A man in Gran Canaria has shot dead his brother and sister

A man has killed his sister and brother in street shootings on the Canary Island of Gran Canaria, Spanish police say.

Police spokesman Felix Ruiz said the 50-year-old man opened fire on his 42-year-old sister with a shotgun around 7.30am in the island capital of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

Some 20 minutes later, he shot dead his 47-year-old brother in the street in a town just south of the capital.

The woman died later in a hospital.

The man was detained, and Mr Ruiz said police found the shotgun believed to have been used in the killings.

Mr Ruiz said police had no information on possible motives for the shootings. He said all three were Spaniards and residents of Gran Canaria, located off the north-western coast of Africa.

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