CARIBBEAN: More than 100 inmates escape Haiti prison, 2 dead

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CARIBBEAN: More than 100 inmates escape Haiti prison, 2 dead
A guard lies dead inside the Civil Prison after a jail break in the coastal town of Arcahaiea, Haiti, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016. Over 100 inmates escaped after they overpowered guards who were escorting them to a bathing area. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)
A guard lies dead inside the Civil Prison after a jail break in the coastal town of Arcahaiea, Haiti, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016. Over 100 inmates escaped after they overpowered guards who were escorting them to a bathing area. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)
A guard lies dead inside the Civil Prison after a jail break in the coastal town of Arcahaiea, Haiti, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016. Over 100 inmates escaped after they overpowered guards who were escorting them to a bathing area. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

AFP/AP – Prisons across Haiti were on high alert after at least 172 inmates escaped a jail near the capital Port-au-Prince during an armed mutiny which killed one guard.

More than 100 mostly barefoot inmates overpowered guards on Saturday and escaped from a lockup in central Haiti, officials said.

Judge Henry Claude Louis-Jean said the prison break occurred in Arcahaie, a coastal town about 50 kilometres north of Haiti’s capital.

Le Nouvelliste newspaper quoted Arcahaie prison manager Heurtelou Paul Colson as saying a guard was shot dead and two other police officers were wounded.

The escapees stole an unknown number of weapons and some exchanged gunfire with police during the chaotic breakout.

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