There has been fresh violence in the Jamaican capital of Kingston as police and troops launched an operation to arrest an alleged drug baron.
One soldier is reported to have died, adding to the deaths of two police officers yesterday during gun battles.
Supporters of Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke have been fighting in the streets to avoid his extradition to the US. Coke is wanted there on suspicion of narcotics and firearms offences committed while running an international gang called the Shower Posse, based in Kingston.
Jamaican authorities have declared a state of emergency.
Coke’s posse operates out of the Tivoli Gardens neighbourhood in West Kingston which has been described as a garrison slum community. But there are fears the violence could spread, threatening the closure of the main airport.
Jamaica’s Prime Minister Bruce Golding has vowed to confront those responsible for the attacks on the police in the popular Caribbean tourist destination.