'Suspicious package' hurled at US Embassy in Jamaica

2015-04-02 12:17

Kingston - Heavily armed Jamaican soldiers and police took positions around the US Embassy on Wednesday after a man hurled a "suspicious package" over the building's wall.

The incident came just over a week before President Barack Obama is due to visit Jamaica on 9 April ahead of the Summit of the Americas in Panama.

Embassy public affairs counsellor Joshua Polacheck said a person threw the "suspicious package" over the wall Wednesday morning, leading officials to close the facility to visitors for several hours. The man who pitched the parcel was detained by police.

The embassy reopened to visitors around noon after police said they examined the contents of the package and found no threat. Authorities declined to disclose what was in the package.

Deputy police commissioner Clifford Blake told reporters that the man was being questioned. Blake said the man "spoke with an American accent", but his identity and other details were not released.

During the morning hours, a few hundred onlookers and visa applicants gathered across the street from the Kingston embassy as security forces positioned themselves around the complex.

While in Jamaica, Obama is scheduled to meet heads of the Caribbean Community group for discussions on security, trade and other topics. The last sitting US president to visit the Caribbean island was Ronald Reagan in 1982.

Read more on:    us  |  jamaica  |  security

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Man scores date with tennis superstar after Twitter bet

It’s a modern day Cinderella story, but one American man took ‘shoot your shot’ seriously in 2017.


You won't want to miss...

6 myths about male cancer
Who are the highest paid models of 2017?
10 gorgeous plus-sized models who aren't Ashley Graham
5 top leg exercises for men
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.