Trinidad and Tobago Airports and Seaports on 'High Alert' After Prison Escape
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UPDATE: 10:07 am ET 7/27/15
CNN announced that the last prison escapee has surrendered. "He is now in police custody," police officials told CNN affiliate CNC3.
The trio had broken out of Port of Spain Prison in a gun battle using smuggled firearms. Shortly after they absconded, one inmate was shot to death by police, and a second was later found dead with gunshot wounds — police believe he was murdered.
A nationwide manhunt is underway in Trinidad and Tobago after a Friday afternoon prison escape in the capital city of Port of Spain. The jailbreak left an inmate and prison guard dead and two men considered armed and dangerous on the run, CNN reported.
As a result, CNN said the government has placed airports and seaports in the country on “high alert” and detained individuals for questioning in what Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar called "surgical strikes based on intelligence."
"Your government is in full control and is taking all appropriate steps," the prime minister said in a statement Saturday.
Port of Spain Prison was the scene of the escape, which began with a shootout that left one constable dead.
The Trinidad Express said the men were armed with handguns, and as they absconded, they threw a grenade on a roadway that failed to explode. It is unknown how the inmates obtained the weapons, but The Trinidad and Tobago Guardian quoted Deputy Police Commissioner Glen Hackett who could not "confirm or disconfirm reports that the prisoners were allegedly given the arms during a 'special visit' session."
A short time after they had made their escape, police shot and killed one of the individuals on the grounds of Port of Spain's General Hospital. Barbados Today announced Sunday that one of the escapees was found dead, possibly killed by gang members — leaving one still at large.
Regional airline LIAT told Caribbean News Now that they had advised the traveling public to expect delays at Trinidad’s Piarco International Airport due to “extensive airport authority security checks.” Desmond Brown, head of corporate communications, said there are long lines at airport security check points, and stated customer should arrive at least three hours before scheduled departure.
Brown added that any considerable delays in Trinidad, could affect other LIAT flights in the region.
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