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A mob in Haiti killed suspected gang members. (CMC image)

Haiti: Mob kills suspected gang members

April 25, 2023

CMC – Police Monday confirmed that at least 13 suspected gang members were burned to death after a mob pulled them from police custody and used gasoline-soaked tyres to set them ablaze in the capital, Port au Prince.

In a brief statement the Haiti National Police (PNH) said that officers in the city’s Canape Vert section stopped and searched a minibus for contraband, and had confiscated weapons from suspects before they were “unfortunately lynched by members of the population”.

Witnesses at the scene said the suspects were believed to have been members of the Kraze Barye gang. They said members of the crowd took the suspected gangsters away from police, beat them and stoned them before putting tyres on them, pouring gasoline and setting them ablaze.

The suspects were believed to have been heading to another area to join a group of gang members who were battling police

Criminal gangs have been terrorising the population over the past months occupying a significant part of the capital as the authorities plead for international assistance in restoring law and order in the French-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country ever since President Jovenel Moise was assassinated on July 6, 2021.

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