SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Authorities within the Bahamas say they’re cracking down on crime after the U.S. Embassy issued a safety alert warning that the archipelago has reported no less than 18 slayings to date this yr.
The variety of reported killings rose to 19 over the weekend, with police holding a information convention on Sunday to speak about latest operations that led to the seizure of weapons, ammunition and medicines. Not one of the killings have focused any foreigners.
The U.S. Embassy mentioned that a lot of the crime has occurred on the islands of New Windfall and Grand Bahama, with “retaliatory gang violence” behind a lot of the killings.
“Murders have occurred in any respect hours, together with in broad daylight on the streets,” it mentioned in an announcement final week.
U.S. officers mentioned the native inhabitants is the one primarily affected by the excessive murder fee.
The variety of homicides reported within the archipelago of roughly 400,000 folks final yr weren’t instantly out there, however killings elevated by 8% from 2021 to 2022, with 128 slayings reported, up from 119, based on the Royal Bahamas Police Pressure.