The UK announced Tuesday that it has deployed a ship and specialized police to the Turks and Caicos Islands to combat a spike in violence.

Two dozen specialists stationed in the Bahamas arrived in the archipelago on Friday, while a Royal Fleet auxiliary tanker with a helicopter is en route and will be used as a platform for operations, the Commonwealth Foreign Office said. and UK development.

The archipelago of some 58,000 people has reported 15 fatal shootings since the beginning of September. Among the victims was Kent Carter, a Virginia NAACP leader who was killed on October 2 while on vacation.

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A Royal Fleet auxiliary tanker moves offshore during the National Armed Forces Day 2022 event on 25 June 2022. The UK sent a Royal Fleet auxiliary tanker with a helicopter to use as a platform for operations at Bahamas.
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“The UK has a moral and constitutional responsibility to support and protect the people of the overseas territories, who are a valuable part of the British family,” said British Foreign Minister James Cleverly. “We had to act after the terrible violence we have seen in the Turks and Caicos Islands in recent weeks.”

The UK also said it will create and fund a new criminal squad within the police department to fight gangs, train and procure a maritime surveillance plane.

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Local police blamed the violence of drug trafficking gangs, territorial wars and retaliation.

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