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Spanish authorities arrested four men Friday morning as they illegally gained access to Naval Station Rota in Spain, a U.S. Navy official said.

About 6 a.m. Friday, Spanish Navy sailors spotted two men, in wet clothing, on the base, said Lt. Michael Morley, a U.S. spokesman at Rota. The base, in southern Spain, is shared by the U.S. and Spanish military.

Spanish national police spotted two other men a short time later, Morley said. The men had accessed the base’s golf course, which is on the waterfront. No one was injured in the incident.

The two men arrested by the Spanish Navy are Moroccan, Morley said. The nationality of the other two men was not know late Friday.

“At this time, we think the men were illegal immigrants,” Morley said. “They were not armed and there is no indication they are involved in terrorism.”

Authorities did not find a boat related to Friday’s incident. “It’s possible they were dropped off,” he said.


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