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.