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'Spoilers' gang war rages in Kingston

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 | 4:41 PM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Despite the best efforts of the police, rival factions in a downtown Kingston community known as ‘Spoilers’ have been wreaking havoc on residents.

At least eight murders have been recorded in the area since June.

The bloodletting allegedly started when a dispute developed over an illegal firearm.

“One set of men gave a man in the community a quantity of cash to purchase an illegal firearm. However, the gun was not handed over neither did the man return the cash. That resulted in a drive-by shooting. Since then we have ‘lived’ in the community and the war cooled a little but people are still dying as we can’t be everywhere all at once,” a cop who did not wish to be identified told the Jamaica Observer.

The ‘Spoilers’ community is bordered by East Queen Street, Camp Road, North Street and East Street.

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