Jamaica/Civil unrest: death toll climbed to 50 in Kingston

For the fourth consecutive day violence engulfed Jamaica’s capital city Kingston as the death toll reached to 50, media and government officials reported on Thursday.

According to Jamaica’s ombudsman and public defender, nearly 44 bodies have been recovered from Kingston’s Tivoli Gardensneighbourhood late Tuesday. Among the dead were two policemen and a soldier.

Tension erupted on Sunday when supporters of drug lord Christopher “Dudus” Coke clashed with police and burned a police station. Gunmen carried out the attacks to prevent Coke’s extradition to the US, where he should face charges of drug distribution.

Meanwhile, Jamaican security forces arrested more than five hundred people in connection with the riots and claimed full control of the slum. However, the whereabouts of Coke is yet to be ascertained.