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December 23, 2013
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Firearms, ammo seized in raid

The police have removed seven illegal firearms and more than 100 assorted rounds of ammunition from the nation's streets over a seven-hour period in three separate incidents on Saturday.

Four men have been taken into custody in connection with the seizures and three have been fatally shot.

The first incident occurred about 10:20 a.m., on Port Henderson Road, Spanish Town, St Catherine, when a team of officers who was on operation in the area accosted a group of men. They were searched and one Taurus Magnum revolver and eight .44 rounds found in their possession. All four men have been taken into custody.

In the second incident, police from Westmoreland carried out an operation in Little London, about 4:05 p.m., targeting members of the notorious Alma gang.

The cops were challenged by a group of armed men. Following a shoot-out, three men were fatally shot. Four firearms - one M16 assault rifle, one Ak-47 rifle, one shotgun, one 9mm Taurus pistol and 94 assorted rounds of ammunition were seized in that incident.

Less than two hours later, about 5:45 p.m., a team from the west Kingston police carried out an operation on a premises in Arnett Gardens where they seized an AK-47 assault rifle, a double barrel shotgun and two shotgun cartridges. No one was arrested in connection with this seizure.

Police commissioner Owen Ellington has lauded the efforts of the lawmen. "This is an indication of our relentless efforts to disarm criminal gangs in a bid to create safer communities," he said, urging citizens to support the police by providing information and reporting all suspicious activities in their communities.

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