Security forces fought their way into the warren-like complex that is the slum stronghold of a Jamaican gang leader facing extradition to the United States, and sporadic gunfire could be heard late into Monday night. More than 1,000 police officers and soldiers attacked heavily armed gang members defending the western Kingston base of the gang leader, Christopher Coke, who has been indicted in the United States on drug and arms trafficking charges. The number of casualties was unclear. The authorities said two officers had been killed and at least six wounded since Sunday, and at least one Jamaican soldier was shot dead during Monday’s fighting.
In the meantime, the US has suspended visas for American travelers to Jamaica – According to P.J. Crowley – State Department Spokesman: “The immigrant visa, non immigrant visa and non essential American citizenship services operations will be suspended due to the deteriorating situation in Kingston.