PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) - An apparent riot by prisoners at
Haiti's largest penitentiary has left three inmates dead and led to
a brief hostage crisis.
U.N. peacekeepers have cordoned off the area and are standing
guard around Port-au-Prince's national prison after Sunday's
violence. The causes of the unrest and hostage-taking are not
Justice Ministry official Joseph Felix Badio says three inmates
were killed, including two who were trying to escape.
U.N. police spokesman Jean-Francois Vezina says seven
non-Haitian hostages were held briefly by prisoners. He says the
hostages were freed and suffered only minor injuries. He has given
no further details.
There are roughly 1,500 prisoners in the jail.
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