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Spanish police thwart assassination attempt allegedly paid for by Colombian drug cartel

Spanish police say they have arrested seven people in the southern town of Cala de Mijas on suspicion of planning to assassinate a businessman on orders from a Colombian drug cartel.

A police statement Saturday said the investigation began in 2014, when evidence emerged that a gang in Madrid was being paid 90,000 euros ($101,740) to travel south and kill "a Marbella resident and two bodyguards."

Police arrested four men including a Colombian ringleader, a woman and two minors — all suspects — in the raid. The plan was to allegedly use a child as the "trigger" in the attack, a technique police say is employed in Colombia to take advantage of legal difficulties in pinning charges on minors.

It was not immediately clear when the arrests took place.