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Haiti gang warlord ‘Barbecue’ loses commander ‘Ti Greg’ he sprung from jail in shootout as fears of bloody coup grow

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INFAMOUS warlord Jimmy “Barbecue” Cherizier has lost a top commander in a shootout just as he is feared to be gearing up to launch a bloody coup.

Ti Greg, boss of Delmas 95 gang, was sprung from prison in a mass jail break earlier this month, which kicked off a new dawn of gang-led violence and propelled Haiti towards the brink of collapse.

Jimmy 'Barbecue' Cherizier has lost a top gang commander - a set back in his mission to overthrow Haiti's government

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Jimmy ‘Barbecue’ Cherizier has lost a top gang commander – a set back in his mission to overthrow Haiti’s government
Thousands have been killed in the spiralling chaos and violence in Haiti as gangs attempt to expand their hold on Port-au-Prince

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Thousands have been killed in the spiralling chaos and violence in Haiti as gangs attempt to expand their hold on Port-au-PrinceCredit: Reuters
Haitian National Police released a picture of Ti Greg - also known as Ernst Julme - who was killed in a shootout with police on Thursday

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Haitian National Police released a picture of Ti Greg – also known as Ernst Julme – who was killed in a shootout with police on ThursdayCredit: Twitter / @pnh_officiel
A gang leader and other suspected gangsters were killed on Wednesday by citizen vigilantes

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A gang leader and other suspected gangsters were killed on Wednesday by citizen vigilantes

Bodies are piling up on the streets of Port-au-Prince which is engulfed in an all-out civil war between over 200 gangs, a weak police force and more recently citizen-led death squads.

Thousands have been killed this month amid widespread reports of murder, rape, arson and kidnappings as the once warring gangs have loosely unified to lead coordinated attacks.

Ti Greg, also known as Ernst Julme – a leader inside Barbeque’s “Viv Ansanm” alliance – had recently escaped from Haiti’s largest prison in a huge gang-led jailbreak on March 2.

However, his death at the hands of Haiti’s police marks a setback for the armed gangs’ moves to take over more of Port-au-Prince.

However, Barbecue, a former elite cop, 47, who heads the capital’s most fearsome gang coalition, appears undeterred in his mission to overthrow Haiti’s shaky government.

The murderous crime boss is rumoured to have earned his nickname for setting his victims on fire and has led a long reign of terror over the poorest areas of the city.

But in the wake of recent violence, he is now battling for complete control of the small Caribbean island nation of 11 million.

He has been greedily and ruthlessly capturing territory and now rumours are flying that the unified gangs are gearing themselves up for a coordinated assault – in coming days – to seize power, The Times reports.

The killing of Ti Greg comes two days after another gang leader was killed by citizen vigilantes in a brutal attack in the upscale neighbourhood Petion-Ville.

After a prolonged shoot out, gang boss Makandal and two suspected gang members were killed, mutilated and burnt in the open street.

Locals, including children, were filmed loudly cheering at the site of his smouldering body and their fury was evident when they set fire to his home and belongings.

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The grisly group of locals appear to be fighting back against the heavily armed criminal groups who have laid siege to the capital and claim control of up to 90 per cent of it.

The eastern suburb, once considered a safe-zone in the violence-ridden city and filled with embassies, is being dragged into the carnage as the gangs expand their territories.

As gun battles raged through the streets, terrified residents barricaded themselves inside their homes as over 18 deaths were reported in Pention-Ville on Wednesday.

Police and locals reported the deadly clash as evidence of a resurgence of vigilante justice movement Bwa Kale, which is believed to have struck again yesterday, killing one.

Jimmy 'Barbecue' Chérizier leads Haiti's capital's most dangerous coalitions of gangs

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Jimmy ‘Barbecue’ Chérizier leads Haiti’s capital’s most dangerous coalitions of gangsCredit: AFP
Violence in Port-au-Prince has reached unprecedented levels and hundreds of thousands of civilians have been caught in the crossfires

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Violence in Port-au-Prince has reached unprecedented levels and hundreds of thousands of civilians have been caught in the crossfiresCredit: AFP
Thousands have been killed, raped, maimed and kidnapped

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Thousands have been killed, raped, maimed and kidnappedCredit: AFP
A drone view of Haiti's National Penitentiary where Ti Greg was sprung from on March 2 with 4,000 others

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A drone view of Haiti’s National Penitentiary where Ti Greg was sprung from on March 2 with 4,000 othersCredit: Reuters

Lawless state

For over two years, warring factions have been tearing Port-au-Prince apart and turned every day into a fight for survival.

But Haiti has been rocked by a surge of unrest since February when armed groups raided a prison, releasing over 5,000 inmates, and demanded Prime Minister Ariel Henry resign.

After weeks of anarchy, the de facto PM said he would step down last week – a demand of the increasingly powerful and unified gangs.

However, the unprecedented violence has continued as Henry remains stranded outside the country.

The state has been largely absent during the violence and Haiti’s outmanned and outgunned police are ill-equipped against the gangs which are seeking to expand their territorial control of the capital city.

Plans for an international security mission, requested by Henry in 2022, remain on hold.

The US estimates roughly 1000 of its citizens are trapped in the Caribbean country as its military scrambles to evacuate them.

The capital’s port and airport are still being blockaded by gangs, while police stations, public buildings and other state facilities have been attacked.

The violence has exacerbated an already grim humanitarian situation, with warnings of famine, malnutrition and the collapse of basic services.

More than 1.5million Haitians are at risk of famine and 360,000 Haitians – half of them being children – have been displaced, according to aid agencies.

Philippe Branchat, chief of the International Organization for Migration, said in a statement: “People living in the capital are locked in, they have nowhere to go.

“The capital is surrounded by armed groups and danger. It is a city under siege.”

Haiti has descended into complete anarchy

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Haiti has descended into complete anarchy
Haiti's weak police forces is unable to quell the chaos

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Haiti’s weak police forces is unable to quell the chaos
A man looks at a charred body inside a makeshift coffin

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A man looks at a charred body inside a makeshift coffin
The Haitian vigilante justice movement, Bwa Kale, appears to be experiencing a resurgence

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The Haitian vigilante justice movement, Bwa Kale, appears to be experiencing a resurgenceCredit: Reuters
A man runs past the burning belongings and motorbike of murdered gang leader Makandal

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A man runs past the burning belongings and motorbike of murdered gang leader MakandalCredit: Reuters

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