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Three Inmates Killed in Haiti Prison Riot

Police officers arrest a man outside the National Penitentiary during a prisoners' uprising in downtown Port-au-Prince, Haiti, 17 Oct 2010

Haitian authorities said three inmates were killed Sunday in a prison riot in Haiti's quake-damaged penitentiary. Officials said the three were trying to escape from the Port-au-Prince prison. It was not immediately clear if any other inmates did escape.

United Nations troops and Haitian police were in the prison at the time of the uprising. The U.N. said the inmates briefly held seven people connected with the United Nations hostage. Some of the hostages suffered minor injuries.

The Miami Herald newspaper reports the prison upheaval was quashed by mid-afternoon when U.N. troops blocked off the streets surrounding the prison.

Sunday's uprising continues a long saga of unrest and dangerous conditions in Haiti's prisons. In the chaos after Haiti's devastating earthquake in January, thousands of prisoners escaped the massively overcrowded penitentiary, including some well-known, dangerous gang leaders.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.