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Haiti prisoners riot: At least 12 killed, PM demanded to resign

Haiti prisoners riot: At least 12 killed, PM demanded to resign Thousands of prisoners escape in Haiti (Getty Images)

Haiti's government has declared a 72-hour state of emergency and a nighttime curfew in the capital and surrounding areas over a mass prison escape, according to BBC.

The state of emergency in the country was declared after armed gangs stormed a major capital prison in Port-au-Prince, killing at least 12 people and releasing around 4000 inmates.

The leaders of the groups are demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Ariel Henry, who is currently outside the country.

He has traveled to Nairobi to discuss the deployment of multinational security forces to Haiti under Kenya's leadership.

A government statement said that gangs attacked two prisons, one in the capital and the other in neighboring Croix-des-Bouquets. They were stormed in weekend raids.

Among those detained in Port-au-Prince were members of a gang accused of involvement in the murder of President Jovenel Moïse in 2021.

Prison escapes and riots

A group of prisoners escaped from a prison in Ecuador. Among them is one of the country's most notorious drug cartel leaders, José Adolfo Masias. A state of emergency was declared in the country after a series of violent outbreaks.

A massive riot also shook a prison near the capital of Honduras - at least 41 women were killed, some of them burned alive.