Haiti’s Government said that more than 400 prisoners have escaped from the prison. At the same time, 25 people, including the jail director, died in the incident of firing during their stop.
Policemen carrying people tied up (AFP)
On Thursday, the escape of prisoners occurred in the Croix-des-Bouquets Civil Prison, located northeast of Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital, Haiti. The government said on Friday that more than 400 prisoners have escaped from the jail. At the same time, 25 people, including the jail director, died in the incident of firing during their stop. It is reported that there were 1542 prisoners in the jail at the time of the incident.
This prison was built by Canada in 2012. In the year 2014, more than 300 prisoners escaped from this prison. Officials said that gang people carried out the incident to free the criminal Arnel Joseph. Joseph was arrested in 2019 on charges of rape, kidnapping and murder. After escaping from jail, he was running away on a motorcycle but was killed in an encounter with the police.
Notorious crook Joseph Hector killed while escaping from prison
Officials have said that 60 prisoners have been apprehended and the remaining are being searched. A commission has been set up to investigate how the prisoners escaped from the jail. Jail director Paul Joseph Hector was also killed in the shooting incident. Local people said that they had seen a large number of armed men firing bullets at the jail’s security personnel before the prisoners escaped. Long after the firing started, the sounds of gunfire continued to be heard inside the jail.
62 prisoners killed in Ecuador’s prison violence
Haiti’s President Jovenel Moise tweeted on Friday to condemn the prisoners’ escape and shootout and asked people to be patient. Significantly, earlier, riots broke out in three jails of Ecuador due to rival gangs and attempts to escape from the prison. 62 prisoners were killed in it. It was told that two gangs were trying to gain criminal leadership inside the detention centers. The police got information about this and the officials started searching for weapons. During this time, violence erupted in the jail.
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