VIA Daily Mail
Police officers had to leap out of the way to avoid being run over by a car full of desperate migrants hoping to reach Europe when the vehicle sped through border control to enter a Spanish territory from Morocco. Five migrants were caught after hiding inside the car which careered through a border post between Morocco and the Spanish city of Melilla in the second botched smuggling in the area in two days.
The migrants had hidden in the boot, under a false bottom in the rear seats, and even inside the dashboard of the vehicle. Migrants hoping to reach Europe through the Spanish territory often resort to desperate measures to cross the border, and although this method had not been used in years it happened once in March, and again just yesterday.
Melilla and its sister city Ceuta, 400 kilometres northwest along the Moroccan coast, are the only two land borders between Africa and the European Union. The central government's representative office in Melilla said the car came up to the border post normally, queuing with other vehicles.
A spokesman said: 'When it got near the first police control, it abruptly changed direction, took a lane adjacent to the one it was in and dangerously evaded police controls at high speed. 'The car damaged one of the border post's barriers and forced 'officers to abandon their posts so as not (to) be run over.'
Once inside Melilla, the Moroccan driver abandoned the car but was soon detained by police. Inside the vehicle, they found five migrants - two in the boot, two under a false bottom in the rear seats, and another in the dashboard.
Three of them were minors.
The incident comes just a day after another car forced its way through the Melilla border post with nine migrants on board. Surveillance footage tweeted by Spain's interior minister showed a police officer rushing to close large gates at the border post but being flung to the floor as the car forced the barriers open at high speed. The border between Morocco and Melilla and Ceuta is regularly hit by disturbances as migrants try to get through by hiding in vehicles or climbing over high fences. Spain announced in March that it would nearly double the capacity of its migrant reception centres in the two territories to 8,500 places from 4,500.
Migrants and refugees also regularly take to rickety boats to cross the Mediterranean between north Africa and Spain.