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Security forces did not detonate explosives in East St Andrew - police

Published:Friday | August 11, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Two men detained by the police sit in the back of a truck in a line of vehicles - Lionel Rookwood photo

Deputy Commissioner of Police Clifford Blake says if there were explosions in the community of Jarrett Lane in eastern St Andrew, this morning they were not caused by members of the security forces.

At the same time, Blake says approximately 300 rounds of M-16 bullets have been seized in an operation now underway.

IN PHOTO: DCP Clifford Blake

A resident of Jarrett Lane told The Gleaner that she heard loud explosions, sounding like bombs, before a large contingent of police and soldiers began a massive operation.

The woman, who declined to give her name, said the explosions went off around 2:00 a.m in the hills overlooking the community.

Blake, however, cast doubts on the woman’s claim, saying the joint police-military operation began shortly after 8 o’clock this morning.

"As to whether there were loud explosions that cannot be attributed to the security forces," he told The Gleaner.