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Police Raids Target Armed Gangs; 12 Die

THE WORLD | IN BRIEF / HAITI

November 20, 2004|From Times Wire Reports

Up to a dozen people were killed when police raided slum areas of Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince, in a move against armed gangs blamed for a recent wave of violence, witnesses said.

"There was a shootout between hooded police in black uniforms and armed gangs," said a resident of the Sans Fil area. The violence capped 10 weeks of escalating tensions between the interim government and supporters of ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

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