The director of the prison on the outskirts of Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince was among those killed.

Police provide perimeter protection by the Croix-des-Bouquets prison [Reginald Louissant/AFP]

One of Haiti’s most powerful gang leaders, Arnel Joseph, escaped from a prison in the outskirts of the capital Port-au-Prince during a riot that left several people dead, authorities told local media.

“Division inspector Paul Hector Joseph, who is in charge of the civil prison of Croix des Bouquets, was killed in the prison,” Gary Desrosiers, the spokesperson for the Haitian national police, told AFP news agency on Thursday.

“Multiple prisoners have escaped,” he added, without specifying the number.

Before his arrest, Joseph was the most-wanted gang leader in Haiti.

During the escape, at least six

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