Ransom Paid; 3 Women, A man And 7 Y-O Girl Released; Westmoreland

Kidnappers in Westmoreland released five persons on Wednesday after a ransom was paid.

The victims include three women, a male and the seven-year-old daughter of one of the women, according to detectives assigned to the Jamaica Constabulary Force's Counter-Terrorism and Organized Crime Branch (C-TOC), who are now probing the incident.

Reports are that about 3:00 am, armed men invaded two homes in the Galloway district of Westmoreland and robbed the occupants of a Honda Inspire motorcar, two poker boxes and J$34,000 before taking them hostage.

The common-law husband, of one of the victims, was also injured during the incident, police said.

Hours later, about 10:30 am, according to investigators, the hostages were released after a sum of J$125,000 was paid over to the culprits and the stolen vehicle returned.

Police have launched a manhunt to apprehend the perpetrators.

We're currently tracking this developing story.

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