Friday 27 November, 2020

Military lockdown in St. James, Jamaica

Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) soldiers on deployment on the streets. (file photo)

Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) soldiers on deployment on the streets. (file photo)

The entire parish of St James is now locked down by members of the military in what is reported to be a limited state of emergency that has been imposed by the Government.

Soldiers are visible stopping and searching motor vehicles at various points in the parish where 335 murders were recorded last year.

Jamaica Defence Force (JDF)) armoured personnel carriers on deployment on the streets. (file photo) 

There has been no let up to the bloodletting in the parish this year, with criminal attacks there moving to the point where in a daring attack by gunmen armed with AK-47 assault rifles, a man was killed and others injured in an incident on the roadway near the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, the parish capital and the national tourism centre, earlier this week.

Speaking in Mandeville on Wednesday, Prime Minister Andrew Holness signalled that the Government intended to take firm and resolute measures to tackle the country’s crime problem, and noticeably avoided questions that were posed by journalists who sought the details behind his statement. Now it appears that it was not just talk, but a sign of the action that was underway.

More details to come.


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