Police uncover hidden arms cache in Ceuta

THE Spanish Guardia Civil has found a secret store of weapons buried in the exclave of Ceuta, which shares a border with Morocco on the North African coast. 

The cache, which was discovered near the notoriously dangerous neighbourhood of El Principe on Thursday April 8, included four handguns, two submachine guns, ten knives, ammunition, and a USB pen drive, while a handmade ‘Islamic State Flag’ was found nearby.

Although the find was made as part of a larger investigation into organised crime in Ceuta, and the weapons are similar to those found in the area on earlier occasions, the presence of the flag means that police are currently unable to rule out the possibility that they belong to Islamic militants.

The acting Interior Minister, Jorge Fernandez Diaz, announced that fingerprints of a person “who had been in contact with the recently-buried weapons found on wasteland,” are being analysed in Madrid. The USB pen drive had already been wiped of information, but experts are attempting to restore it.

El Principe has been referred to as Spain’s most dangerous neighbourhood, where even police fear to tread. It is home to Ceuta’s poorest Muslim inhabitants, lacks basic amenities, is crippled by 90 per cent unemployment and dominated by rival drug gangs.

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