Saturday, February 4, 2023

Gang war in Haitian capital leaves at least 3 police dead


(*3*)PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Considered one of Haiti’s gangs stormed a key a part of the capital, Port-Au-Prince, and battled with police all through the day, leaving at least three officers dead.

(*3*)The violence Friday was the most recent episode of lawlessness that has torn by means of the Caribbean nation.

A police patrol was ambushed by gang gunmen Friday morning, Lionel Lazarre, head of the Nationwide Union for Haitian Police, stated Saturday. The officers known as for backup however have been angered as a result of reinforcements by no means arrived, he stated.

At least three officers died in the violence, one was lacking and one was handled at a hospital for bullet wounds, police confirmed late Friday.

Preventing continued all through Friday and tensions remained excessive Saturday.

The United Nations estimates 60% of Haiti’s capital is managed by gangs, however many residents say gang warfare has expanded previous the fringes and into many of the metropolis.

The nation has struggled with endemic violence for years, however it got here to a head after the 2021 killing of former President Jovenel Moïse threw the nation into lawlessness.

Highly effective gangs have taken benefit of the political chaos and discontent with the present authorities led by Prime Minister Ariel Henry to additional consolidate their management.

The federal government has failed to regulate the violence, forcing many to flee their properties and spurring an increase in gang rapes and killings.

Observers count on the bloodshed to worsen, particularly after the nation’s last 10 elected officers ended their Senate phrases in early January, leaving the parliament and presidency unfilled due to Haiti’s failure to carry elections. Critics say that has turned Haiti right into a “de-facto dictatorship.”

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