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WEST KINGSTON ENQUIRY: Criminals had rocket propelled grenades

Published:Monday | June 29, 2015 | 6:53 AMLivern Barrett, Gleaner Writer
Major Garth Anderson, commander of the Second Battalion Jamaica Regiment, said during the operations, the intelligence indicated that those RPGs were to be used against JDF helicopters.

A high-ranking member of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) has revealed that there was intelligence at the time which suggested that there were criminals armed with rocket propelled grenades (RPGs) during the May 2010 operations in Tivoli Gardens.

Major Garth Anderson, commander of the Second Battalion Jamaica Regiment, said during the operations, the intelligence indicated that those RPGs were to be used against JDF helicopters.

However, testifying before the west Kingston commission of enquiry this morning, Anderson said there is no evidence to suggest that they were actually used against members of the joint police-military team who participated in the operation.

He explained that RPGs are usually fired from high-powered rifles or shoulder-mounted weapons.