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One Killed in Political Violence in Jamaica

SAN JUAN – One person was killed and several others wounded when gunmen fired on supporters of the main opposition Jamaica Labor Party during a campaign motorcade in Montego Bay, authorities said.

The motorcade was traveling through the community of Flanker late Tuesday when it came under attack, police said in a statement.

Some of the wounded suffered life-threatening injuries, according to the statement.

The violence followed the fatal shooting of three people Sunday night at a JLP rally in Montego Bay.

Gunfire rang out as JLP leader Andrew Holness, a former prime minister, addressed thousands of supporters during an event to kick off the campaign for Jamaica’s Feb. 25 general elections.

In the wake of the shootings, the JLP said that it will consider adjusting its campaign activities in Montego Bay.

JLP chairman Horace Chang said he did not know the motive for the latest attack, nor whether it was related to Sunday’s shooting.

On Tuesday, the JLP and the ruling People’s National Party each registered a full slate of candidates for the 63 seats in Parliament.

The National Democratic Movement is fielding seven candidates, while a cluster of other small parties have put forward a total of nine and 10 would-be lawmakers are running as independents, the Electoral Commission said.

 

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