Published June 06, 2010
KINGSTON, Jamaica – KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Jamaican authorities say they have imposed a temporary curfew in troubled slums of the capital as security forces continue to hunt for a reputed drug lord wanted in the U.S. on drug and arms trafficking charges.
In a Sunday statement, security forces say the 24-hour curfew will be in place until Monday morning in a swath of the gang-heavy West Kingston stronghold of fugitive Christopher "Dudus" Coke.
Police say freedom of movement is being restricted to allow greater safety for patrols.
There have been a handful of short curfews imposed since a bloody raid late last month by police and soldiers hunting for Coke triggered four days of street battles. Authorities say 73 civilians and three security officers were killed.