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Security forces monitoring streets

Kimmo Matthews

Thursday, October 25, 2012    

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POLICE and soldiers, last night, remained on alert and continued to monitor activities on the streets of Kingston following an attack on one of their own by gunmen during the passage of Hurricane Sandy yesterday.

The Constabulary Communication Network (CCN) reported that Senior Superintendent of Police and Commander for the Kingston Western Division Terrence Bent was shot and injured during an attack by men armed with high-powered rifles in Jones Town, Kingston.

The police did not provide any details of the attack, but a CCN release said that the condition of SSP Bent was not considered serious.

Yesterday, Senior Superintendent Winchroy Budhoo of the Mobile Reserve said the attack was one of several carried out by criminals, but all were kept at bay by crime fighters.

One senior officer said more than 10 people were arrested by police for various incidents and warned that the security forces would continue to maintain a presence across the Corporate Area. As a result, the police, he said, were urging members of the public to heed the warnings to stay indoors.

"A curfew is still in effect until Thursday 6:00 pm and we are calling on residents to follow instructions from the authorities to stay indoors," Budhoo said.

The senior cop said that this was necessary as police were on the lookout for criminals who may want to use the cover of night to loot and engage in other illegal activities.

The security forces said they were doing the same in St Catherine Central, Kingston East and Kingston Central the same strategy.

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