Thursday 14 December 2017

Migrant found 'squeezed' behind car engine crossing into Spain

A second man was discovered hiding inside a sit inside the car Credit:EUROPA PRESS/GUARDIACIVIL
A second man was discovered hiding inside a sit inside the car Credit:EUROPA PRESS/GUARDIACIVIL

David Kearns

An African migrant tried to smuggle himself into Spain crammed into a tiny space behind a car’s engine.

The asylum seeker, reportedly from the West African nation of Guinea, was found hidden beneath the bonnet of the car as it crossed from Morocco into Ceuta – one of two North African territories governed by the Spanish government.

He was discovered by border police, squeezed behind the engine block and radiator lying in a foetal position.

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He was reportedly in a bad state of health as a result of the baking temperatures and petrol fumes.

A second migrant, also from Guinea, was found hidden inside a tiny space behind one of the seats inside the car.

Spanish police became suspicious after noticing that the driver of the car appeared nervous.

The two migrants were taken to a local hospital suffering from cramp and dehydration.

The case recalled that of a young boy who in May was found hidden inside a suitcase in an attempt to enter Ceuta from Morocco.

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The eight-year-old boy from Ivory Coast, named Abou, was discovered after the suitcase was wheeled through the Tarajal pedestrian crossing on the frontier by a 19-year-old woman.

When police opened up the case, the boy peered up at them and said, in French: “My name is Abou.”

Police said the smuggling attempt was highly dangerous and that it “could have ended in tragedy.”

Spain’s border police caught more than 12,500 immigrants last year, most of them in Ceuta and Spain’s other North African enclave, Melilla.

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