Hundreds of African invaders pretending to be refugees successfully forced their way into Ceuta, the Spanish enclave in Morocco this week after attacking border guards with battery acid, caustic quicklime, aerosol flame throwers, plastic containers filled with excrement, electric saws, shears and mallets.
The major attack—one of the most violent yet—was carried out by a mob of Africans nearly 1,000 strong in a coordinated effort to overwhelm the border guards. The invaders also used sticks and stones to keep officers at bay, police said.
The attack, the second on the Spanish border this month, saw seven officers wounded from the quicklime and battery acid, a spokesman for the Spanish government’s representative in Ceuta told AFP, adding that some 115 invaders managed to enter the territory.
Images published by local newspaper El Faro de Ceuta showed the Africans celebrating their invasion of Ceuta, waving Spanish or European Union flags as they made their way to a temporary accommodation center.
Some 3,100 African invaders have reached Ceuta and its twin town Melilla by land since the start of the year, according to the International Organization for Migration. Over 25,000 other Africans have invaded Spain by sea, making it the main entry point for the Third World invasion of Europe, after Italy and Greece.