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261 Haitian migrants apprehended

Authorities apprehended 261 Haitian migrants in three separate operations over the weekend, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) reported today.

The latest group was apprehended around 8 p.m. on Sunday after a vessel landed at Lantern Head Point, near the southeast coast of Inagua, the RBDF said in a statement. There were 75 migrants onboardShortly before that apprehension, the RBDF and U.S. Coast Guard interdicted two suspected smuggling vessels off Inagua with 186 migrants onboard.

Defence Force medics have assessed the group and they are being processed further by immigration officials on that island,” the RBDF statement said.

“This brings the total number of migrants currently in Matthew Town, Inagua to [more than] 200.”

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