Jamaica’s prime minister has vowed to confront head on those responsible for attacks on the police in the popular Caribbean tourist destination.
A state of emergency has been declared in two parishes of the capital Kingston after suspected supporters of an alleged drug lord firebombed and shot at two police stations.
Christopher “Dudus” Coke faces extradition to the US on drugs and gun-running charges.
Jamaica’s Prime Minister Bruce Golding said his government would do all in its power to defeat the attackers:
“This will be a turning point for the rest of the nation, to confront the powers of evil that have penalised the society and have earned us the unenviable label as one of the murder capitals of the world. We must confront this criminal element with determination and unqualified resolve.”
Tension has been mounting after Golding announced he was starting proceedings to extradite Coke, whom the US consider the leader of the infamous “Shower Posse” that killed hundreds of people during the cocaine wars in the 1980’s.