Several dead as gang leader escapes in Haiti prison break

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    At least eleven people have been killed in a prison break in Haiti, including a police officer and a detention centre director.

    Witnesses say they saw heavily armed men shooting at prison guards before inmates started to run.

    Al Jazeera’s Homara Choudhary reports.

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    Haiti is a Caribbean country that shares the island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic to its east. Though it’s still recovering from a 2010 earthquake, many of Haiti’s landmarks dating to the early 19th century remain intact. These include Citadelle la Ferrière, a mountaintop fortress.

    Jean-Jacques Dessalines (later Emperor Jacques I), defeated Napoleon Bonaparte’s forces and declared Haiti’s sovereignty on 1 January 1804.

    Haiti became the only state in history established by a successful slave revolt. Apart from Alexandre Pétion, the first President of the Republic, all of Haiti’s first leaders were former slaves.

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