Three suspects were arrested on Tuesday in connection with an assassination attempt against the former leader of the Spanish Popular Party in Catalonia, according to Spanish media.
Police arrested two Spaniards and a British woman in the southern towns of Lanjaron and Fuengirola, Spanish media reported. The arrests come two weeks after Alejo Vidal-Quadras, who is also a former vice-president of the European Parliament, was shot in the face in broad daylight on the streets of Madrid.
Police are still searching for a fourth person suspected of the shooting, according to local media. POLITICO attempted to reach Spanish police for confirmation, but did not receive a response.
The attack broke Vidal-Quadras’ jaw in two places, but the politician survived and is making “good progress” in hospital after an operation, Spanish media reported.
The assassination attempt is being investigated by the Spanish National Court as a potential terrorist incident.
The Paris-based Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran – which counts Vidal-Quadras among its allies – accused the government in Tehran of being behind the attack, according to the Guardian. The politician himself said the attack could be linked to his ties to the Iranian opposition, Spanish media reported.
Vidal-Quadras was sanctioned by Iran in October last year and given an entry ban, the Guardian reported.