CaribWorldNews, KINGSTON, Jamaica, Tues. May 25, 2010: One more police officer was yesterday killed and six injured as a Joint Military/Police operation tried to arrest accused drug dealer Michael Christopher `Dudus` Coke and restore order to the capital.
Security Forces said six of seven cops were shot and one succumbed to his injuries. The other was injured in an accident.
The operation last night, which has turned Kingston into a war zone, was still ongoing with security forces insisting they are resolute in bringing the area to stability `so that law-abiding citizens of Western Kingston and its environs can get on with their lives in peace.`
Residents of Kingston and St. Andrew were last night reminded that a limited State of Emergency is in effect and were asked to remain indoors.
The operation in Tivoli Gardens and surrounding areas of Western Kingston comes after three consecutive days of barricading by criminal elements and wanton attacks on the police force following the announcement by the country`s PM of the signing of a U.S. extradition order for Coke.
Coke`s attorney, Don Foote, meanwhile, insisted yesterday that his client has no intention of turning himself over to law enforcement officials. Some four cops and one civilian have been reportedly killed in the battle between apparent gunmen, loyal to Coke, and security officials. Several more have showed up at area hospitals injured and the National Blood Bank last night appealed for blood donations. The government has called on Coke to surrender to face a U.S. judicial request seeking his extradition on cocaine trafficking and gun-running charges.
The United States requested Coke`s extradition in August last year but Jamaica initially refused, alleging that evidence against Coke had been gathered through illegal wiretaps. Last Monday night, in an about face speech, less than a week after admitting to lying over a lobbying effort against the order, Prime Minister Bruce Golding, announced the order would be signed. It was signed last Tuesday and an arrest warrant issued for Coke even as thugs in Tivoli immediately barricaded themselves in and prepared for a show down with cops aiming to nab Coke.