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Haiti police arrest 100 who escaped from shattered prison

Haitian police have arrested 100 of the 4,000 inmates who escaped from the capital's main prison when it was destroyed in last month's devastating earthquake, authorities said on Thursday.

world Updated: Feb 05, 2010 09:08 IST

Haitian police have arrested 100 of the 4,000 inmates who escaped from the capital's main prison when it was destroyed in last month's devastating earthquake, authorities said on Thursday.

"They have already captured 100 of them around the country," said police spokesman Frantz Lerebours. "So now we are searching for the rest."

All 4,000 of the prison's inmates escaped amid the chaos of the January 12 quake, Lerebours said. He could not say if they were suspected of committing further crimes since then.

They include those who were convicted of or accused of violent crimes, such as rape and murder.

The escapees were arrested in various areas outside the capital and are being held in jails in those regions, he said.

Lerebours said those whose homes were destroyed in the quake and are now living in camps should notify police if any of the escapees are seen there.

The quake has left more than 200,000 dead and more than one million homeless, according to Haitian government and international aid agency estimates.