A state of emergency has been declared in Jamaica after a series of shooting and firebomb attacks on police stations in the country’s capital of Kingston Sunday. Suspected supporters of an alleged drug lord facing extradition to the United States are believed to be behind the attacks. At least one policeman was injured when gunmen fired on two police stations and set fire to another. The U.S. Department of State has issued a travel alert warning citizens of the possibility of violence in the popular tourist destination. Tensions began to rise last week after Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding announced he was beginning proceedings to extradite Christopher “Dudus” Coke who is facing cocaine trafficking and gun-running charges.
U.S. prosecutors describe Coke as the leader of the infamous “Shower Posse” that murdered hundreds of people during the cocaine wars of the 1980s.