Gangs loyal to a local drug lord blockaded streets in Kingston, Jamaica and attacked police stations with Molotov cocktails, prompting the government to declare a state of emergency in the city. The violence centered mostly on West Kingston, CNN reported.
The U.S. State Department issued a travel alert advising Americans to "consider the risks" of travel to Kingston. The gang violence was sparked by a U.S. attempt to extradite Christopher "Dudas" Coke on drug charges.
"The possibility exists for violence and/or civil unrest in the greater Kingston metropolitan area," according to the alert. "There are unconfirmed reports of criminal gang members amassing in the Kingston area, as well as mobilization of Jamaican defense forces. If the situation ignites, there is a possibility of severe disruptions of movement within Kingston, including blocking of access roads to the Norman Manley International Airport. The possibility exists that unrest could spread beyond the general Kingston area."