The Spanish Police have caught four suspected migrants trying to sneak into Europe by hiding inside a car as it crossed into the Spanish North African territory of Melilla.
Two of the people – from sub-Saharan Africa – were hiding in the car’s boot, while another was found under the bonnet.
A fourth, a woman, was reportedly found under the dashboard.
Two police officers involved in catching the four suspected migrants had to be treated for injuries – one after taking a blow to the knee, the other after being hit in the hand.
The plot was uncovered by two policemen as they tried to stop the car which sped through security controls, before the driver and his passenger dumped it outside a petrol station and fled.
According to Spanish media, the car sped through security controls before the driver and his passenger dumped it outside a petrol station and fled.
They were both arrested, however, and the suspected migrants soon found inside.
Melilla and Ceuta, another Spanish enclave nearly 250 miles away on the north coast of Africa, are often used as entry points into Europe for African migrants.
They have the only two land borders between Africa and the European Union.
Over the years, thousands of migrants have attempted to cross the 7.5-mile frontier between Melilla and Morocco, or the 5-mile border at Ceuta, by climbing the border fences, swimming along the coast or hiding in vehicles.
Spain is increasingly targeted by people keen to reach Europe from Africa, with the number of migrants getting into the country in 2017 hitting a record high of nearly 22,900, according to EU border agency Frontex.
This was more than double the previous record set in 2016.