updated 2/26/2010 5:22:32 PM ET 2010-02-26T22:22:32

Bahamas police say machete-wielding robbers wounded an American tourist during a break-in at the bed-and-breakfast where he was staying.

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The victim is identified as Eddie Bryant of Stamford, Connecticut. He has been airlifted to Florida for treatment of a deep gash on his right arm.

A police statement says Bryant was attacked around 2 a.m. Thursday on Harbour Island. The exclusive island is known for its 3-mile (2-kilometer) pink-sand beach.

Two suspects have been detained, and the Royal Bahamas Police Force has dispatched three detectives from Nassau, the capital, to help with investigations.

Local lawmaker Alvin Smith said Friday that the community of 2,000 people has had nine burglaries in the last week.

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