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Swedes taken hostage in Haiti

Published måndag 18 oktober 2010 kl 09.00
Police outside the prison in Port-au-Prince.

Six Swedes and one American were taken hostage on Sunday by prisoners in Haiti. They were used as human shields for about 45 minutes by the prisoners who were hoping to escape the over-crowded prison in Port-au-Prince.

The hostages, who were police officers and prison wardens visiting the prison, were freed when Haitian police supported by the UN police stormed the prison. One Swede was shot at, but none of the hostages were seriously injured, while unconfirmed reports say that three prisoners have been killed, Swedish Radio News reports.

The prison in Port-au-Prince is the biggest in the country, housing some 1500 prisoners. Fredrik Bjerkeborn, deputy head of the UN police force in Haiti, tells Swedish Radio News that the prison is only dimensioned for some 400-500 prisoners and the conditions there are appalling.

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