18 dead as migrant boat capsizes off Turks, Caicos

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MIAMI (AFP) – Eighteen suspected illegal migrants died Wednesday when their boat capsized off the Turks and Caicos islands in the Caribbean, the government of the British overseas territory said.

The incident occurred in the early hours of Christmas Day as the boat, which had been intercepted by police, was being towed into dock at Providenciales, the government said in a statement. Thirty-two people were rescued, and search efforts for survivors or victims were ongoing.

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