CROIX-DES-BOUQUETS, Haiti — A minimum of seven prisoners and a police officer had been killed and one other particular person injured on Thursday after a number of inmates, together with one in all Haiti’s strongest gang leaders, escaped from a jail in Port-au-Prince, the capital, the authorities stated.

The spokesman for the nationwide police, Gary Desrosiers, informed the Haitian newspaper Le Nouvelliste that about 40 prisoners had been apprehended after the riot on the Croix-des-Bouquets Civil Jail, in north Port-au-Prince. It isn’t recognized what number of prisoners in whole had escaped.

Earlier than his arrest, the gang chief, Arnel Joseph, was the most-wanted gangster in Haiti.

Haiti’s prime minister, Joseph Jouthe, informed Le Nouvelliste that the authorities had retaken management of the jail, which was additionally the location of a significant jail break in 2014, throughout which greater than 300 inmates escaped.

Residents within the space informed The Related Press that they’d noticed a bunch of closely armed males shoot at jail guards earlier than the inmates started to flee.

One escapee, Jhon Hippolyte, 37, was shot within the again. He informed The A.P. that he had been serving a homicide sentence and was within the infirmary when he seen everyone operating and determined to hitch them.

A.P. journalists noticed the our bodies of not less than seven males alongside streets close to the jail. They appeared to have been shot. Their identities weren’t instantly out there, and it wasn’t clear in the event that they had been inmates. It additionally wasn’t clear who had killed them.

Video captured by residents reveals one police officer main a bunch of males tied along with a rope. It wasn’t instantly clear in the event that they had been inmates.