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  • 14 January 2013, 10:41

Imani Green: Eight Held Over Brit Girl's Death

Eight people have reportedly been arrested over the fatal shooting of British schoolgirl Imani Green in Jamaica.

The eight-year-old, from Balham, south London, was on holiday visiting relatives when she was killed in the rural village of Duncans, , , , xcv in Trelawny, on Friday night.

She is reported to have been shot twice, first in the head and then the shoulder, in what is believed to have been a revenge attack that left three others injured.

She was taken to hospital but later died.

Deputy Supt Steve Brown, from Jamaica's police force, said: "We have taken people into custody as we search for a motive for the attack.

"We've heard about gang warfare but we find it a bit difficult to believe because where the incident took place it is a sleepy community, nothing happens there, it's an isolated incident.

"But it could be linked to a number of things and we are looking at all possibilities and following all the leads that we are getting."

Speaking to BBC Breakfast, he added: "We are confident we will make a breakthrough very, very soon."

Imani, who attended Fircroft Primary School in Tooting, suffered from blood condition sickle cell anaemia and had been allowed to take an extended New Year holiday by headteacher Anne Wilson.

Her grandmother Sandra Fisher said she found Imani lying in a "pool of blood" after she asked to visit the grocery shop in the quiet Red Dirt district of Duncans.

Janella Parmer, Imani's sister, spoke of the moment the shooting took place.

"We heard gunshots. We ran outside and shouted 'Imani, Imani, Imani'," she said.

"I picked her up off the ground and realised she was still breathing. I flagged down a car and they drove us to hospital. The rest is history."

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