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British vacationer, 71, is shot in Turks and Caicos Islands

British vacationer, 71, is shot in Turks and Caicos Islands' tourist paradise while robbers invade the house to steal money and jewelry

  • The Brit died after two armed men stormed into a house on the Caribbean island
  • The 71-year-old had visited a friend on British overseas territory
  • It is the second murder in three days in the archipelago of 35,000 people

A British holiday maker was shot in a raid on the tourist paradise of Turks and Caicos Islands in the Caribbean.

The 71-year-old Brit died after two armed men came home late Tuesday night and demanded money.

They left with cash, a ring and a watch, but it was not immediately clear how the situation escalated.

The victim had visited a friend in the British overseas territory, about 150 miles north of Haiti.

A British holiday maker was shot in a raid on the tourist paradise of Turks and Caicos Islands (shown on a map above)

A British holiday maker was shot in a raid on the tourist paradise of Turks and Caicos Islands (shown on a map above)

The friend was treated for non-life threatening injuries in a private home in Cooper Jack on the south coast of the small Caribbean island.

It is the second murder in three days in the archipelago, home to just 35,000 people, bringing the number of murders to 10 in 2019, police commissioner Trevor Botting said in a statement.

A shooting at a nightclub in Providenciales on Saturday night left a man dead and a second wounded.

& # 39; This peak in arms crime simply needs to change, & # 39; said Botting.

& # 39; No one should be happy with the increase in gun crimes in the Turks and Caicos Islands. & # 39;

The Turks and Caicos Islands (file photo) are a British overseas territory in the Caribbean

The Turks and Caicos Islands (file photo) are a British overseas territory in the Caribbean

The Turks and Caicos Islands (file photo) are a British overseas territory in the Caribbean

Earlier this year, the US Department of Foreign Affairs warned travelers to be & # 39; more careful & # 39; when visiting the archipelago 600 miles southeast of Miami.

& # 39; Local medical care and criminal investigation options are limited & # 39 ;, said US officials.

The British Foreign Ministry says that & # 39; the level of crime is relatively low & # 39; but warns that & # 39; most crime is often the result of opportunistic burglary and theft & # 39 ;.

The territory was a British colonial possession and was governed at different times as part of Jamaica or the Bahamas.

It has had its own government since 1976 and was officially called a British Overseas Territory in 2002.

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