You can hardly imagine what brutal scenes must have played out here in the past few hours …
Port au Prince – 25 people were killed and more than 400 prisoners escaped in a prison breakout in Haiti.
Among the fatalities are six prison inmates and the head of the detention center, said a government spokesman on Friday (local time). In addition, the escapees killed several civilians on their flight.
Around 60 escapes have now been caught again, said the spokesman. He also said that the head of a notorious gang, Anel Joseph, who escaped from the detention center, was killed a good 100 kilometers northwest of the prison on Friday after attacking police officers.
In the notorious high-security institution, almost twice as many inmates vegetated in a confined space before the mass exodus. The prison in Croix-des-Bouquets near the capital Port-au-Prince is designed for a maximum of 872 prisoners. At the time of the outbreak on Thursday, however, there were almost twice as many inmates, 1542.
Dozens of inmates had fled the detention center in 2014. At that time, armed attackers freed arrested accomplices.