Jamaica: 73 killed in hunt for alleged drug lord

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) – Jamaican police say at least 73 people have died as security force hunt for a reputed drug lord wanted by the United States.

Deputy Police Chief Glenmore Hinds says all the deaths have occurred as police raided the Tivoli Gardens stronghold of Christopher Coke.

Officials previously said that 44 civilians had died.

Information Minister Daryl Vaz said Thursday that officials are trying to identify the victims and that the government will launch independent investigations into all police actions.

Vas has said it is unclear whether Coke is still in Jamaica. The U.S. is seeking his extradition and called him one of the world's most dangerous drug traffickers.  

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AP-NY-05-27-10 1408EDT

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