44 reported dead in Jamaica police-gang clashes

This frame grab from video provided by APTN shows soldiers on guard in Kingston, Jamaica, Monday, May 24, 2010. Thousands of armed police and soldiers barged past barricades into the capital's most violent slums, clashing with defenders of a gang leader sought by the United States. At least 30 people have died, officials said. ((AP Photo/APTN))
May 26, 2010 8:36:13 AM PDT
Jamaican security forces claimed a tenuous hold over the slum stronghold of a gang leader sought by the U.S., but only after battles that killed at least 44 civilians, the country's official ombudsman said Wednesday.

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