KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) - More than 1,000 Jamaican police and soldiers have launched a major offensive in the heart of West Kingston's ramshackle slums.
They've assaulted a public housing complex occupied by heavily armed gangsters defending Christopher "Dudus" Coke. He's been indicted in New York on drug and arms trafficking charges. The U.S. Justice Department considers him one of the world's most dangerous drug lords.
Security forces broke through barbed-wire barricades and fought their way into the warren-like Tivoli Gardens neighborhood Monday afternoon. Sporadic gunfire could be heard into the night in the darkened slums far from the Jamaican resort areas.
Authorities say two police officers have been killed and at least six wounded since Sunday, and at least one Jamaican soldier was shot dead during Monday's fighting.