31 dead as fighting in Kingston continues

Jamaican PM vows to restore order, as Christopher "Dudus" Coke still eludes capture.

At least 31 people have died during on-going battles between Jamaican security forces and heavily armed gun-men on the streets of Kingston.
Prime minister Bruce Golding said he regretted the loss of life, and vowed to restore order.

The gun-men are supporters of alleged drug lord, Christopher "Dudus" Coke, who the government agreed to extradite to the US, where he is wanted on drugs and gun-running charges.

Coke is seen as a benefactor by the impoverished residents of the Tivoli Gardens area, who believe that he provides service that the government does not.

Police say that they have detained more than 200 people during raids on the area, seizing arms and ammunition.

The US and Britain, as well as other Western countries, have warned against travel to Kingston or the surrounding areas.