Haiti Prison Break Leaves 25 Dead, 400 Prisoners on the Run
More than 400 prisoners were on the run in Haiti after they escaped from the violent prison break that leaves 25 dead including a prison officer.
Based on the report of Aljazeera, Twenty-five people died including six prisoners and Divisional Inspector Paul Hector Joseph who was manning the prison. Among those killed were some ordinary citizens who were killed by the prisoners during their escape
Secretary of Communication Frantz Exantus said of Thursday’s mass escape from the jail in the suburbs of capital Port-au-Prince, 1,125 of the 1,542 prisoners at the Croix-des-Bouquets jail were in their cells on Friday morning.
One of Haiti’s most powerful gang leaders, Arnel Joseph, was killed after he was gunned down on Friday at a police checkpoint. According to the report, Joseph was killed after he attacked the police patrol that stop his motorcycle.
Joseph, allegedly head of one of Haiti’s major criminal networks, was arrested in 2019 and attempted to escape from prison in July after announcing his plan in a social media video a few days before the attempt.
Inaugurated in 2012, the Croix-des-Bouquets high security prison was built with funding from Canada and had a maximum capacity of 872 inmates, although almost twice that number were incarcerated there before the escape.
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