A prison break on the outskirts of Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti, broke out on the 25th, killing many prisoners, including the warden.
“Multiple people escaped from prison” Paul Joseph, the warden of Croix-de-Bucé Civil Prison, said Gary De Rossier, a spokesman for the Haitian National Police, told AFP.
The spokesman did not specify the specific number of escapees.
A local police officer confirmed to the Associated Press that the escape caused the death of people and that the prisoners were “armed and dangerous”.
The Associated Press reported from residents near the prison that before the prisoner escaped from prison, a group of armed men shot at the prison guards, and gunfire could still be heard from the prison for hours after that.
Associated Press reporters found at least seven bodies in the street near the prison.
The identity of the deceased cannot be confirmed.
The police have now regained control of the prison. Haitian officials have not commented on this matter.
The Croix-de-Bucé Civil Prison was built in 2012 and opened in the same year.
In 2014, there was a large-scale escape, and more than 300 prisoners successfully escaped.
The Associated Press reported that at the time of the incident, the prison held 899 prisoners, exceeding its designed capacity of more than 130 people.
Haiti is one of the least developed countries in the world. After declaring independence in 1804, it has been subject to foreign occupation and control for a long time. Political factions are fighting and abuse of power and corruption are repeatedly prohibited.
Haiti’s current political impasse remains, the security situation deteriorates, the coronavirus epidemic and economic and social difficulties overlap, and violent crime and social unrest are intertwined.