DRUG WARS? Albanian shot dead in Costa Blanca restaurant in front of 'British girlfriend' named
THIS is the first picture of an Albanian shot dead as he ate a meal in a Spanish restaurant with his "British girlfriend."
The victims was today named by Albanian news network Top Channel as Brandon Bregu, 42, a known drug and firearms trafficker.
Top Channel also revealed an exclusive police image of him after he was gunned down in a suspected gangland hit on Friday.
Originally from Lushnja in Albania, Bregu was dining on the terrace of The Orange Tree (pictured above) British-owned restaurant in Alfas del Pi near Benidorm on the Costa Blanca, with his girlfriend when a masked and hooded gunman approached the table and shot him at least five times from close range.
The girlfriend has been described in the Spanish press as being a "British citizen."
The gunman then fled.
SCENE: The Orange Tree where the murder took place (Google)
Bregu had previously been arrested in connection with drug and arms trafficking, and therefore the murder is being investigated as a revenge hit linked to drug trafficking after a number of arrests earlier this month.
He was pronounced dead shortly before midnight on Friday after failed attempts by a waiter from a nearby bar and emergency doctor to save his life. A Civil Guard spokesman investigating the killing said there were "few witnesses". An Albanian source said Bregu had been in the resort in a vehicle with British-registered plates.
The influence of Albanian crime networks in the UK and European cocaine trade has grown in recent years.