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Dozens killed in Jamaican violence

“Twenty-seven people have been killed and 31 wounded in an assault on a suspected drug lord’s compound in the Jamaican capital of Kingston, police said Tuesday.

Security forces have been fighting some residents who want to prevent the extradition to the United States of Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke, who was charged last year in U.S. federal court with conspiracy to distribute marijuana and cocaine and with conspiracy to traffic in firearms illegally.

Police on Monday launched the assault on Coke’s stronghold in downtown Kingston, and police are now battling his supporters there.

One Jamaican Defense Force member was among the fatalities; 25 civilians and six defense force members were injured, police said.”

(Source: Dozens killed in Jamaican violence – CNN.com.)

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