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By Humphrey Carter A young Bulgarian was in a critical condition in hospital last night after having been stabbed eight times in broad daylight yesterday morning. The 23-year-old Bulgarian, identified as Illian Manolov Denev, was allegedly attacked at 8.30am by his Bulgarian girlfriend's ex-boyfriend, a 23-year-old Rumanian identified as Bogdan S.A., who was apparently carrying a ticket for a flight to Malaga.


The stabbing happened outside a fishmongers near the bus stop on the corner of Calle Aragon and Calle Garland in the centre of Palma.
According to the police and eyewitnesses, the attacker approached the victim and his girlfriend, drew out a knife and, without saying a word, launched himself at the 23-year-old Bulgarian stabbing him eight times. A bystander waiting for the bus managed to pull the attacker off, quite possibly saving the young man's life.

The victim was first rushed to Son Llatzer hospital but, because of his severe injuries and heavy loss of blood, was transferred to Son Dureta where he was rushed into casualty.

Doctors operated immediately to save his life.
The alleged attacker is also in Son Dureta hospital - but under police guard.
He suffered knife wounds to his hands and nearly lost a finger.
This is the third serious attack in the past ten days in Majorca and two people have died as victims of domestic violence.
On January 12, the body of German businessman Gerth Moller was found in a pool of blood on his yacht in the Port of Andratx. His 56-year-old ex-partner is under police guard in Son Dureta where she is also recovering from knife wounds.

Four days later on January 16, last Sunday, Slovakian Veronika Kovaloska died at her apartment in Cala d'Or.
Her Spanish boyfriend, with whom she shared the flat, is being held on remand in Palma prison accused of killing her and then trying to “stage” her suicide. Last night in Palma, the women's rights group Lobby de Dones held a rally in protest over this recent wave of domestic violence and in memory of the two latest victims, Moller and Kovaloska.

The Slovakian who had only just returned from a trip home with her partner, is the fourth fatal female victim of domestic violence in Spain this year.