More than 100 mostly-barefoot inmates overpowered guards today and escaped from a lockup in central Haiti, officials said.
Inmates' sandals lay at the main gate of the Civil Prison in the coastal town of Arcahaiea, Haiti, Saturday, October 22, 2016, following a mass prison break.
They stole an unknown number of weapons and exchanged gunfire with police during the chaotic breakout.
Authorities in Haiti say the inmates attacked prison guards, stealing guns, while being released from their cells to bathe.
Chaos broke out when more than 170 inmates escaped from a northern Haitian prison on Saturday.
Residents have been asked to cooperate with police, who have launched a manhunt for the escapees, the statement said.
According to Haiti's Justice Minister Camille Edouard Junior, one prisoner fell to his death while attempting to scale a wall.
A witness said the police set up checkpoints on roads leading from the prison and detained several people without identity cards.
United Nations peacekeeping forces are helping the police in their attempt to round up some 174 prisoners who escaped the Arcahaie prison on Saturday.
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