Jamaica Death Toll Reaches 44

May 26, 2010 Updated: October 1, 2015

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Police patrol on May 24, in Kingston, Jamaica when two police officers were killed after coming under attack amid spreading unrest despite a state of emergency imposed by the government.  (Anthony Foster/Getty Images)
Police patrol on May 24, in Kingston, Jamaica when two police officers were killed after coming under attack amid spreading unrest despite a state of emergency imposed by the government. (Anthony Foster/Getty Images)
The death toll in an operation by Jamaican security forces to arrest alleged drug baron Christopher Coke in Kingston, has risen to 44 people. Among those killed were gunmen defending Mr. Coke, security forces, and civilians caught in the violence. There are no women among the dead. More than 2,000 police and soldiers have been involved in the operation, which started on Monday, with the fighting continuing.

Local residents have not been allowed to leave their homes, as security forces are searching house by house for Mr. Coke. So far, his whereabouts are unknown. Mr. Coke is wanted by the United States on drug and gun trafficking charges, and faces a life sentence if convicted. More than 500 people have been taken into custody in the operation, according to the Guardian.

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