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Most-wanted gangster Arnel Joseph escapes during prison riot in Haiti

At least seven prisoners and a police officer were killed and another person injured on Thursday after several inmates, including one of Haiti’s most powerful gang leaders, escaped from a prison in Croix-des-bouquet, the authorities said.

The spokesman for the national police, Gary Desrosiers, told Press that about 40 prisoners were apprehended after the riot at the Croix-des-Bouquets Civil Prison, in north Port-au-Prince. It is not known how many prisoners in total had escaped.

Before his arrest, the gang leader, Arnel Joseph, was the most-wanted gangster in Haiti.

Prime minister, Joseph Jouthe, told Le Nouvelliste that the authorities had retaken control of the prison, which was also the site of a major prison break in 2014, during which more than 300 inmates escaped.

Residents in the area told Press that they had observed a group of heavily armed men shoot at prison guards before the inmates began to flee.

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