Haitian police say a trio of prisoners overpowered several guards and stripped them of their weapons — three shotguns and an M-14 rifle. The inmates were later killed.
"They tried to get out and were killed," said
Lerebours said no prisoners escaped.
The commotion in the prison coincided with the brief detention of seven people with the U.N. police mission — now under investigation.
U.N. police spokesman
Details of what transpired were murky.
"Are they hostages or involuntary confined people? We still don't know what would be the best term," Leclerc said.
Gunfire broke out and the seven escaped the prison
without harm, Leclerc said. They were later treated for "minor
injuries, caused by pushing." The U.N. police received calls for
assistance around 10 or
By mid-afternoon Sunday, dozens of UN troops and riot police officers blocked off the street leading to the prison's entrance as curious bystanders gathered around.
"Everybody started running," said St. Louis, 36.
St. Louis said the shooting remained steady for two hours.
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