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Armed attack on prison, state of emergency declared in Haiti

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The South American country of Haiti has declared a 72-hour state of emergency after an armed attack on a prison. Last Sunday, armed gang members attacked the country’s Port-au-Prince prison and killed 12 people. At that time, about 4,000 prisoners escaped from the prison.

According to the British media BBC, the leaders of the gangs have demanded the resignation of the country’s Prime Minister, Ariel Henry. Henry is currently on a foreign tour.

More than a thousand people have been killed in the country since 2020 in clashes between gang members.

Two prisons were attacked last week, the government said in a statement. One in the capital, the other in the outlying town of Croix des Boquets.

In the statement, this incident has been described as a threat to national security. A night curfew has been announced from 8 pm local time.

Prisoners in Port-au-Prince were arrested in connection with the 2021 assassination of the country’s president, Jovenel Moise. The attack came at a time when the country’s prime minister was visiting Nairobi. During this visit, the deployment of Kenya’s multinational security forces in Haiti is to be discussed.

Gang leader Jimmy Cherizer has announced a coordinated attack on the prime minister. The former police officer said, “All the armed groups in the provincial cities and the capital have united.”

Before the prison attack, Haitian police sought the assistance of the country’s military. But before that, the attack was carried out on Sunday.

According to news agency Reuters, the door of the Robbabar prison was found open. No officer was seen there. The bodies of three prisoners who tried to escape were found lying there.

An AFP reporter saw at least 10 bodies lying in the prison. Some of them had bullet wounds on their bodies.



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