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Dozens Dead in Jamaica Standoff

The death toll rose again in Jamaica on Tuesday, the third day of violent clashes between governmental forces and supporters of Christopher “Dudus” Coke, whom the U.S. is seeking to extradite on gun-running and drug-trafficking charges. The exact body count wasn’t clear, but the Guardian reported that “dozens” were killed in street battles Tuesday as Coke remained in hiding. –KA

The Guardian:

Thousands of heavily armed police and soldiers have been making their way through the capital’s most violent slums, battling masked gunmen loyal to Mr Coke.

Gangs from slums just outside the capital also joined the fight, erecting barricades on roadways and shooting at troops.

Jamaica’s Minister of Education, Andrew Holness, told BBC World Service the government had the situation under control.

“The government is always in control, we’ve never lost control,” he said.

The security forces were acting according to the law, he insisted, adding: “This government is one that is big on protecting human rights.”

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