Haiti police search for 329 escaped prisoners

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A police car goes in the principal gate of the main prison in Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti, Monday, August 11, 2014. An attack on the prison on the outskirts of the capital to free the son of a prominent businessman being held on kidnapping charges resulted in the escape of 329, officials said Monday. Police were searching throughout the country for the escaped prisoners and have also asked for help from Interpol as well as authorities in the neighboring Dominican Republic and nearby Jamaica because some of the men may have fled abroad, National Police Chief Godson Orleus said in a news conference in Port-au-Prince. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)
Pedestrians walk past a watch tower of the main prison in Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti, Monday, August 11, 2014. An attack on the prison on the outskirts of the capital to free the son of a prominent businessman being held on kidnapping charges resulted in the escape of 329, officials said Monday. Police were searching throughout the country for the escaped prisoners and have also asked for help from Interpol as well as authorities in the neighboring Dominican Republic and nearby Jamaica because some of the men may have fled abroad, National Police Chief Godson Orleus said in a news conference in Port-au-Prince. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)
A police truck passes next to the main prison in Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti, Monday, August 11, 2014. An attack on the prison on the outskirts of the capital to free the son of a prominent businessman being held on kidnapping charges resulted in the escape of 329, officials said Monday. Police were searching throughout the country for the escaped prisoners and have also asked for help from Interpol as well as authorities in the neighboring Dominican Republic and nearby Jamaica because some of the men may have fled abroad, National Police Chief Godson Orleus said in a news conference in Port-au-Prince. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)
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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) - Police in Haiti are seeking international help following a prison break that freed the son of a prominent businessman and allowed hundreds of other inmates to escape.

Haitian National Police Chief Godson Orleus says 329 prisoners escaped during the raid on the prison in Croix-des-Bouquets. He told reporters Monday that authorities are searching for the prisoners throughout the country. He says they have also asked for help from police in the neighboring Dominican Republic and in nearby Jamaica because some of the escaped inmates may have fled abroad.

Gunmen attacked the prison outside the capital on Sunday and wounded two guards. Police believe the attack was intended to free Clifford Brandt, a member of a wealthy family who has been held since 2012 on kidnapping charges. He remains at large.

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