Haiti’s prime minister lands in Puerto Rico, official says, as gangs rampage at home

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A plane carrying Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry landed in Puerto Rico on Tuesday, its governor’s spokesperson told CNN, after days of speculation about his whereabouts as Haitian capital Port-au-Prince plunged into crisis over the weekend.

Sheila Angleró Mojica told CNN she did not have additional details on the matter but added that “federal agents from the CBP are in charge,” without elaborating. Since last week, Port-au-Prince has been gripped by a wave of highly coordinated gang attacks on law enforcement and state institutions. Armed groups have burned down police stations and released thousands of inmates from two prisons, in what one gang leader described as an attempt to overthrow Henry’s government.

The police academy, which holds more than 780 officers in training, was also under attack by men associated with gang leader Vitel’Homme Innocent, he said. The police union is urging officials to reinforce the “operational and reactive capacity” of the national police force so they can provide security for civilians, he said. “We can say that our leadership has failed, and the police do not have the means to right this situation in Port-au-Prince,” he said.


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