By Humphrey Carter

THE National Police were yesterday holding nine people in connection with Monday night's fatal gangland-style shooting in the Son Banya shanty town on the outskirts of Palma - seven of the suspects were arrested in Minorca on Tuesday night.

Further arrests are expected to be made over the coming days and yesterday, as the National Police continued with their investigation, Josefa Moreno Cortes, alias “La Parrala”, was cremated amidst tight security at Bon Sosec cemetery.

The Guardia Civil secured the area around the crematorium as a large number of fellow members of Cortes's “La Paca” clan attended the funeral, including those given special permission to attend from Palma prison.

The ring of steel which had been thrown up around Son Banya to prevent any further outbreaks of violence between the gangs, which appear to be locked in a dispute over an outstanding debt of 12'000 euros, was yesterday expanded with scores of police deployed into the Son Magin neighbourhood of Palma - home to the rival gang.


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