A BOMB squad has been called to Puerto Banus to investigate a suspicious package.
The roads surrounding the Playas del Duque area have been closed off after a suspicious black suitcase was spotted by authorities.
Meanwhile a blast in an apartment block in nearby San Pedro has left a man seriously burnt.
Olive Press sources say he has been rushed to hospital while others are being attended to.
It has initially been put down to a ‘gas cannister explosion’ while police investigate further.
A National Police source in Malaga has told the Olive Press that Andalucia has been placed on high alert level 4 and that authorities will be on extra guard, especially between January 5 – 8.
The source said there have been fears of an ‘imminent attack for weeks’.
A Guardia Civil source meanwhile told the Olive Press the police controls are at the highest they have been ‘in a year, everyone is on high alert’.
There have been claims that police plan to use a high-tech scrambling device for mobile phones in areas of high tourist and public concentration for the Reyes processions on January 5.
More to follow…