73 killed in West Kingston
Police and soldiers walks past a mural with Prime Minister Bruce Golding's portrait during a media tour organised in Tivoli Gardens, West Kingston today. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

POLICE say at least 73 people have died as security forces hunt for Christopher 'Dudus' Coke who is wanted for extradition to the United States to face guns and drug trafficking charges.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Glenmore Hinds says all the deaths have occurred as police raided the Tivoli Gardens stronghold of Coke. Officials previously said that 44 civilians had died.

Minister of Information Daryl Vaz said today that officials are trying to identify the victims and that Government will launch independent investigations into all police actions.

Vaz has said it is unclear whether Coke is still in Jamaica.

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