Jamaica police: 30 dead in battle with drug gang


KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Jamaican police say at least 26 civilians and four members of the security forces have died as police and soldiers battle defenders of a powerful Jamaican gang leader sought by the U.S.

Thousands of heavily armed forces are raiding the capital's most violent downtown slums in a hunt for underworld boss Christopher Coke, known as "Dudus."

Police spokesman Corporal Richard Minott tells The Associated Press on Tuesday that the fighting in West Kingston alone has led to 26 civilian deaths and one of a security official. Police had reported that earlier fighting killed two officers and a soldier.

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