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Murders in Jamaica Reach Double Figures Just Days into New Year

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(Caribbean 360)

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Tuesday, January 3, 2017 – 2017 is only three days old, but already there have been 11 murders recorded in Jamaica.

The deaths were mostly the result of shootings, but they also included stabbings and at least one chopping incident, according to Head of Jamaica Constabulary Force’s Corporate Communication Unit Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay.

“We will re-deploy strategically and maintain our presence in the areas that we know we need to cover,” she said, as she sought to reassure Jamaicans that police will get on top of the crime situation.

There were 1,350 people murdered in Jamaica last year – a 12 percent increase over 2015.

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