A man has been shot dead in broad daylight in the Costa del Sol holiday resort of Marbella.

Images  from the scene shared on social media showed the victim lying on a zebra crossing on a roundabout by the seafront as horrified bystanders looked on.

One witness said: “They’ve just shot a man with a machine gun in my street.”

A police spokesman confirmed: “We can confirm a man has been shot dead in Marbella.

“There have been no arrests so far. The incident happened just after 1pm local time.”

The spot where the shooting occurred is near a four-hotel called Hotel Sultan, close to Marbella’s Congress and Exhibition Palace.

The street is home to upmarket apartments, many of which are owned by expats or used as holiday homes.

Police officers at the scene in the Costa del Sol resort of Marbella

Police are understood to be still working on discovering the identity and nationality of the dead man.

Earlier today police revealed more details about the suspects arrested recently over the murder of British businessman Peter Andrew Williamson in nearby Riviera del Sol in Mijas last November.

One of the Brits was arrested at his home on an upmarket residential estate near Murcia, in south-east Spain, last month.

The shooting occurred on a zebra crossing in an upmarket area of the resort

The Civil Guard added in a statement: “The careful selection of the time and location to commit the murder shows their criminal experience, cold blood and dangerousness.

“One of the authors of the crime was arrested in the UK and sent to prison for previous crimes he had committed in Britain.

“He is the subject of a European Arrest Warrant so the Spanish courts can try him for the killing carried out here.

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“The other detainee was moving around other European countries and South America for five months.

“He returned to Spain when the coronavirus-linked state of alarm was declared and settled in a small village in Murcia.

“He was arrested there at a house used to prepare the shipping of cannabis resin.”

Investigators have linked Mr Williamson’s murder to a deadly drugs war between rival gangs.