Jamaica Toll Hits 73 as Manhunt Goes On

Suspected drug lord remains at large
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 27, 2010 4:54 PM CDT
Jamaica Toll Hits 73 as Manhunt Goes On
Police officers and soldiers walks pass a mural with Jamaica's Prime Minister Bruce Golding's portrait.   (Rodrigo Abd)

Jamaican security forces kicked down doors and arrested dozens of residents of a bullet-pocked slum today and said the death toll from four days of fighting sparked by the search for a reputed drug lord has risen to 73. The target of the manhunt, Christopher "Dudus" Coke, was nowhere to be found.

"The 73 bodies we're speaking about are all civilians," said a police official. "But civilians are sometimes gunmen and gunwomen." Security forces went door-to-door in Tivoli Gardens, the slum where Coke enjoys widespread support and is referred to as "president." They let residents move about freely this afternoon. Sporadic gunfire could still be heard in the neighboring slum of Denham Town, where some streets remained barricaded by local gang members. (More Jamaica stories.)

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