A Muslim Civil Guard officer has asked Spain's Interior Ministry for a grant to go on a pilgrimage to Mecca, just as his colleagues have been funded for Christian holy trips.

The officer in Spain's Civil Guard based in Melilla, one of the country's two north-African enclaves, has written to the Director General of the Civil Guard to ask for a grant so that he can visit the famed Islamic pilgrimage site of Mecca.

The Civil Guard is a paramilitary force tasked with police duties in Spain and comes under the remit of the country's Interior Ministry.

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