The security forces target Christopher Dudus' Coke, one among the world's most dangerous drug kingpins, who is sought by the United States on drug and arms trafficking charges.
Most deaths occurred during an assault by police and army troops on Tivoli Gardens, a volatile Kingston slum and bastion of support for Christopher 'Dudus' Coke, said Gelnmore Hinds, the Deputy Police Commissioner.
Coke is still hiding. Tension gripped the upper middle class community of Kirkland Heights early on Thursday, as there were suspicions that he was hiding there in a house owned by a friend.
A two-hours firefight broke out as police stormed the area. Four of the were police and soldiers and the rest are civilians, mostly young men.
Residents of the area have complained about the abuse by police and soldiers.