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Police processing 40 people detained during west Kingston flare-up

Published:Thursday | November 17, 2016 | 11:20 AM
In this file photo soldiers guard detained men who were being transported in the back of an army vehicle in downtown Kingston.

The police are now processing about 40 people who were detained during last night’s flare-up of violence in west Kingston.

There was intense fear in west Kingston communities as gunmen traded bullets with the police, pinning down a patrol team for several minutes until they could receive reinforcement.

The incident led to a massive security operation involving the army.

Communications officer with the Jamaica Constabulary Force, Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay, says the police are trying to determine whether any of the 40 detained persons were involved in the shoot-out last night.

 

Lindsay says a firearm was seized by the police during last night's incident.

She says the shoot-out started when the security forces tried to prevent rival gangs from carrying out attacks on each other.

 

JCF Communication Officer, Stephanie Lindsay

Meanwhile, Lindsay says calm has been restored to the area.

However, she says people should still exercise caution travelling through West Kingston.