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Murders could pass 100 mark for January - security minister

Published:Tuesday | January 27, 2015 | 5:43 PM
Peter Bunting - File

National security minister Peter Bunting is forecasting that more than 100 murders could be recorded by the end of January.



He was giving a report to the House of Representatives this afternoon on the national security portfolio.



Bunting informed the parliament that so far this month, Jamaica has averaged 3.2 murders per day compared to 2.75 per day for all of 2014.



However, he said there is no reason to be unduly alarmed by the situation.



The national security minister said the spike in murders can be attributed almost entirely to an increase in murders in the St Catherine North Division.



He says the security forces are responding operationally to the gang situation in the area by targeting criminals, dominating critical hotspots, and prioritising forensic and investigative resources to St Catherine North.



Bunting says the police are also focusing on drying up the funding sources for these criminal organisations.



He says social intervention strategies will follow once the situation is normalised.



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