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Haiti - FLASH : The National Penitentiary stormed, many prisoners escape, chaos in the capital (Video)
03/03/2024 06:23:26

Haiti - FLASH : The National Penitentiary stormed, many prisoners escape, chaos in the capital (Video)
On Saturday, many heavily armed men stormed the National Penitentiary of Port-au-Prince, the largest prison in Haiti (more than 4,000 inmates).

The bandits set fire to the surroundings of the prison and continued their progression guided by drones which informed them of the location of the police officers. A video taken by a drone circulated online along with an image of the prison. A voice could be heard reporting the lack of police presence in the prison yard and informing the gang members that they could move forward.

The capture of part of the penitentiary center by heavily armed gang members occurred after several hours of attack...

The National Police Union of Haiti (SPNH-17) reacted by launching an appeal on social networks "The Police Union asks all police officers in the capital this evening who have cars, weapons and ammunition, those of the VIP backup to provide support to the police officers fighting at the penitentiary, if we let the bandits take over the penitentiaries, it's over. No one will be spared in the capital because there will be 3,000 additional bandits and the police force in Port-au-Prince will no longer be able to handle anything. [....] SPNH-17 asks all police officers, all soldiers in the capital to unite to save the penitentiaries, this is our last card [...]"

Several police officers deployed at the penitentiary and prison administration agents attempted to repel the coordinated attacks of the attackers, despite their efforts and their courage, after hours of intense exchanges of gunfire, they had to retreat and leave places in front of the number and firepower of the adversaries. Some police officers retreated to the West Departmental Directorate at the Champs de Mars according to testimonies.

At the national penitentiary were more than 4,000 prisoners, including the 18 Colombians accused in the assassination plot against Moïse in July 2021, as well as the head of security of the National Palace, Dimitri Hérard and the security coordinator, Jean Laguel Civilian as well as dangerous gang leaders and criminals awaiting trial. Among the escapees would be the former gang leader "Djouma", "Bout Janjan" the former leader of La Saline, "Chinay" a notorious criminal, however, it is impossible at the moment, in the chaos and confusion of know precisely the number and profile of the escapees and confirm this information from official sources. However, according to several testimonies it could be several hundred escaped criminals...

Witnesses reported that the arrival of two PNH armored vehicles as reinforcements would have prevented other detainees from escaping.

Until now, there has been no official communication on this major event. The Prime Minister, the Chief of Police and the Minister of Communications remained silent, and did nothing to inform and reassure the population. No assessment is available...

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