Thursday 9 July, 2020

Security forces flood Westmoreland amid deadly gang feud

Following Tuesday's multiple killing in Westmoreland and the wave of gang related violence across the parish in recent weeks, a massive joint police/military operation has been mounted in sections of the parish Thursday morning.

According to Acting Superintendent of Police Dahlia Garrick, who heads the Corporate Communications Unit of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, several persons of interest have already been taken into custody during the operation which spans towns such as Savanna-la-Mar and Grange Hill, among others.

"The operation is in a bid to cauterize the gang conflicts ongoing in the parish. We have been having some successes so far. It started a few hours ago and will continue for a little while," ASP Garrick revealed.

The members of the security forces are supported by helicopters and armoured cars.

On Tuesday, gunmen went on the rampage and killed seven persons, including two children, one on them two years old, in Grange Hill.

This followed sustained bloodletting in Savanna-la-Mar as different factions clash in gun battles.

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