Death toll reaches 44

Death toll reaches 44

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

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THE number of civilians confirmed killed in the security force operation in West Kingston has reached 44.

Political Ombudsman Herro Blair, speaking on RJR 94 FM, said that he had counted 35 at the morgue with another nine bodies awaiting collection.

Meantime Public Defender Earl Witter is questioning the disparity between numbers killed and the number of firearms seized. Security forces have so far accounted for four firearms seized.

Witter added that he saw no sign of bodies being burned as alleged by persons claiming to be residents who called media houses during the assault on Tivoli Gardens and Denham Town which began Sunday.

One soldier and seven members of the security forces were injured after security forces entered the West Kingston communities to execute a search warrant for reputed local area don Christopher 'Dudus' Coke.

Coke is wanted for extradition to the United States on gun and drug trafficking charges. He is still at large.

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