Ten of the more than 600 migrants who forced their way into the Spanish territory of Ceuta last month by violently storming a heavily fortified border fence with Morocco were arrested Tuesday, police said.
The 10 sub-Saharan African migrants, who were arrested at an immigrant holding centre in Ceuta, are accused of belonging to a criminal organisation, assaulting a police officer and causing damage, Spain's Guardia Civil said in a statement.
Among those arrested is the suspected head of the group that led the coordinated assault on the border on July 26 in which 22 police officers were injured, it added.
The man, who is from Togo, "offered strong resistance during his detention causing light injuries" to a police officer, the statement said.
Two of the other arrested men are from Cameroon, with the rest from Guinea.
Pictures released by police showed the men being escorted by armed officers into a green and white police van, their hands handcuffed behind their backs.
A total of 602 migrants reached Ceuta last month storming the double border fence and attacking police with caustic quicklime, excrement, stones and sticks.
Source: National News Agency