A MAN has been shot dead in front of his British girlfriend in a "professional hit" at an expat bar near Benidorm.
The 42-year-old Albanian was shot dead on the terrace of The Orange Tree by a masked gunman who fled the scene after ambushing him.
Local media have described his partner, who was sat with him on the bar terrace when he was gunned down on Friday, as British.
The victim was known to police who are investigating the killing as a revenge murder linked to drugs trafficking.
He is said to have been shot at least five times from close range.
The dead man and his partner have not been named and the owners of the bar in Alfas del Pi near Benidorm have not yet made any comment.
Cops confirmed the dead man was Albanian and no arrests had yet been made.
Ahead of local reports stating his partner was British, cops said they had no information they could release about her nationality.
A spokesman for the Civil Guard, which is probing the murder, said there were "few witnesses".
The victim was pronounced dead shortly before midnight on Friday after a waiter from a nearby bar and emergency services attempted to save his life.
The killing is understood to be linked to a police operation last month which led to three raids, including one at an unnamed bar in Alfas del Pi.
Cops seized cocaine and Viagra-type pills during the raids.
The operation at the bar is understood to have resulted in the arrest of an Albanian man.
A British national and an Irish national were also said to have been among six people – three men and three women – held at the time.
They were all released on bail pending an ongoing court probe.
The Orange Tree has been described in the past as the sister bar of famous Benidorm sports bar the Ibrox Bar.
The bar where Friday’s shooting occurred was up for sale earlier this year, although it remains unclear whether it has new owners.
The sale ad said: "This fantastic bar is popular and frequented both by locals and tourists all year round.
"Under the current owners of the last two years, The Orange Tree has become a hot spot, serving great food, great drinks and providing live and sports entertainment.”
It added: "For those sporting events, The Orange Tree has one of the largest screens in town of three meters, and a further 65 inch TV inside.
"The bar is licensed from 8am until 2am, giving a lot of scope. The business is being sold due to the owners retiring and comes fully equipped, ready for the new owners to walk in and hit the ground running."
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