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British girl, 8, shot dead in Jamaica

QUIET: Duncans, in Trelawny, is described as a sleepy town on the coast of Jamaica

AN EIGHT-year-old girl visiting Jamaica with her family has been shot dead as a gunman went on a rampage in the rural town of Duncans, Trelawny, on Friday night.

The police identified the girl as Imani Green, of Old Hospital Close, Balham, in London, England.

Police said that about 8:30pm on Friday, an armed man entered a shop in an area known as Red Dirt, in Duncans, and opened fire, hitting four people.

They were taken to hospital where Imani succumbed to her injuries. Imani is understood to have been hit twice, once in the head.

Three others injured in the shooting are undergoing treatment.

"The senseless killing of a young, innocent child must outrage all well-thinking Jamaicans, and cause us to join our security forces in an intensified effort to rid our communities of criminals," said National Security Minister Peter Bunting as he condemned the killing.

The Foreign Office confirmed it had been providing consular assistance and liaising with local authorities since the shooting on January 11.

Peter Kellond, the British Honorary Consul for Montego Bay, said: "This is obviously a desperately sad event and we are providing consular support to the family and other relatives."

The British High Commission has been briefed, and the police chaplain has visited the family to provide grief counselling and support.

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