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British police say gas bombs thrown at immigration center left 1 injured


LONDON — British police say one person was injured when petrol bombs were thrown at an immigration center in the English port city of Dover on Sunday.

Kent Police said ‘two to three incendiary devices’ were thrown at the facility and ‘one minor injury was reported’. The Kent Fire and Rescue Service said its crews put out fires at the site.

A news photographer at the scene said a man drove up and threw three gas bombs at the facility before driving to a nearby gas station and killing himself. Police only said “the suspect has been identified and located.”

Dover is the point of arrival for many migrants who cross the English Channel from France in small boats. The number of people making the dangerous journey on one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes has risen sharply in recent years, with 40,000 reaching the UK so far this year, up from 28,000 in 2021 and 8 500 in 2020.

Dozens of people have died, including 27 people in November 2021 when a crowded smuggling boat capsized.

Britain and France have been squabbling over how to stop the smuggling gangs organizing the trips.

Britain’s Conservative government has announced a controversial plan to send people arriving in small boats one way to Rwanda. Critics say the plan is immoral and impractical, and is being challenged in court.

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