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Tuesday, July 13

Jamaica probes robbery at government official’s home

South Florida Times "KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Jamaican police are investigating if an armed robbery at a Cabinet minister's estate could be linked to an effort by political leaders to wean themselves from their decades-old alliances with underworld figures.

Gunmen held up workers at Industry Minister Karl Samuda's 100-acre property in St. Catherine parish on June 30 and made off with a shotgun and an undisclosed amount of cash and ammunition.
Police Inspector Paul Thomas said July 1 that no arrests have been made, but detectives are probing whether the robbery may have been payback for the ruling Jamaica Labor Party's efforts to dismantle gangs that control poor communities across the island.
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