Heavy fighting in Jamaica between drug gangs and Police

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May 24, 2010 21:39

 
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Jamaica — Jamaica's security forces clashed with masked gunmen allied with an alleged drug kingpin for a second consecutive day on Monday as an intensifying multi-front battle against gangs spread to volatile slums outside the capital.

Police and soldiers came under heavy fire in barricaded battle zones in the Kingston stronghold of Christopher "Dudus" Coke, who is trying to avoid extradition to the US on drug and arms trafficking charges. Military helicopters with mounted guns buzzed above the impoverished area, between plumes of black smoke.

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