Six Africans killed in clashes near Spanish enclave

Six Africans were killed in clashes with Moroccan security services near the Spanish enclave of Melilla, the official Moroccan news agency said today.

Six Africans were killed in clashes with Moroccan security services near the Spanish enclave of Melilla, the official Moroccan news agency said today.

Citing Abdellah Bendhiba, the governor of Nador province, the MAP agency said the Africans were killed overnight.

The deaths came during a “violent” assault by 400 immigrants on guard posts. Security services responded in self-defence, the report said.

During the rush, the immigrants “displayed exceptional violence, obliging the security services to respond in the framework of legitimate defence,” the report cited the governor as saying. “Unfortunately, six of the assailants died.”

The report did not specify how they were killed or whether Moroccan security forces opened fire.

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