May 25th, 2010
12:55 PM ET

27 killed in assault on alleged Jamaican drug kingpin's compound

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 illegally traffic in firearms.

Police on Monday launched the assault on Coke's stronghold in downtown Kingston, and police were currently battling his supporters in downtown Kingston.

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

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  1. Lisa Cassus

    Got your hand in the pocket of drug lords and have the nerve to call yourself a Politician, they should have turned him over a long time ago. This is history repeating itself

    May 25, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ruffnutt

    I think it was the predator that did it...

    May 25, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |