Two men are dead, five others are in Police custody and four guns have been seized, following a intense gun battle this morning between the security forces and thugs in Mountain View, St. Andrew.

The Police say a 30-minute gunfight ensued after they were challenged by a group of armed men, during an operation to seize illegal guns in the community.

The Jacques Road area in Mountain View was the scene of high drama early this morning as gunmen took on law enforcement officers.

Sirens blared as the Police returned the fire and were forced to summon a Jamaica Defence Force helicopter to provide support.

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Head of the East Kingston Police, Superintendent Arthur Brown says two gunmen are dead.

He says two guns were taken from their bodies.

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Superintendent Brown says some of the gunmen who took on the security forces this morning are still at large.

Sources in Mountain View say the area has been tense over the past few days, as rival gangs battling for control of water have been exchanging gunfire.

The East Kingston Police Chief says today’s operation was part of the ‘Get the guns’ campaign launched by Police Commissioner, Dr. Carl Williams.

He says he’s not aware of any dispute regarding water.

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Superintendent Brown says following the intense gunfight the Police continued their operation.

He says two more guns were seized.

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