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Jamaica: JUTC drivers abducted, robbed at gunpoint

The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC), has confirmed reports circulating on social media that two of its drivers were abducted and robbed at gunpoint outside the company’s Rockfort Depot in East Kingston on Tuesday. 

According to the JUTC, about 8pm, the drivers’ shift ended and they were standing in front of the depot awaiting public transportation when a black seven-seater vehicle with red plates drove up.

“They boarded the taxi, and, upon reaching the vicinity of Caribbean Cement Company, they were held at gunpoint and knife point, tied up and abducted by three men who were posing as passengers. They took their personal valuables; including cash and the company’s identification cards. They reportedly drove around with the staff for four hours eventually releasing them at the Waterfront in downtown, Kingston,” said the JUTC in a statement released Thursday afternoon.

The state-owned bus company said the matter has been reported to the police and an investigation into the incident is underway. The company is urging the Police High Command to treat the matter with alacrity to bring the perpetrators to justice.

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