African Migrant Found Packed In Suitcase By Border Police

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A Moroccan woman was caught trying to smuggle a teenage migrant into Spanish territory through her luggage.

The Spanish Civil Guard discovered the 19-year-old from Gabon, Africa, Friday tightly packed into a suitcase, according to the New York Post.

Guards first became suspicious of the woman when they witnessed her using a luggage dolly with just one suitcase on top. The woman was exhibiting an “evasive attitude while going through the established controls and nervousness,” Spanish officials told CNN.

The migrant teen and his smuggler were trying to pass through the same Spanish-Moroccan border — Spain’s North African enclave of Ceuta — where 55 border guards were injured Sunday during a massive human stampede.

Roughly 1,100 African migrants stormed the 19-foot, barbed wire border fences in a desperate attempt to reach the European Union, with only two succeeding (albeit while experiencing injuries requiring hospital treatment).

The Ceuta peninsula in Morocco is technically controlled by Spain. Fifty of the guards were Moroccan and five were from Spain, reports the New York Post. At least ten of the Moroccan officers were severely injured.

A highly similar incident occurred in 2015, when a 19-year-old Moroccan woman was discovered carrying an 8-year-old boy from the Ivory Coast in her suitcase. The two were also attempting to enter Ceuta.

Swiss police apprehended two Eritrean nationals in July after one of them, who is believed to be roughly 6 feet tall, released himself from the confines of a piece of luggage.

Since Ceuta is only one of Europe’s two land borders in Africa, and is a transportation point for legal trips to the Spanish mainland, it is a popular location for Africans to try to emigrate and reach the E.U.

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