Officials – 4 ‘Alleged Assassins’ Of Haiti President Jovenel Moïse Killed And 2 Arrested

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Four “mercenaries” suspected of assassinating Haitian President Jovenel Moïse were killed by police on Wednesday night — and two others were arrested in a tense gunbattle in the impoverished country, officials said.

Three officers were held hostage and freed in the standoff, according to Haiti’s police chief, Léon Charles.

“We blocked them en route as they left the scene of the crime,” he said. “Since then, we have been battling with them,” Charles said in a televised statement.

“They will be killed or apprehended.”

Security forces conduct an investigation as a soldier stands guard at the entrance to the residence of Haitian President Jovenel Moise, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Wednesday, July 7, 2021. Gunmen assassinated Moise and wounded his wife in their home early Wednesday.

Security forces conduct an investigation as a soldier stands guard at the entrance to the residence of slain Haitian President Jovenel Moïse on July 7, 2021.
A Haitian police officer stands guard outside of the presidential residence on July 7, 2021 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. - Haiti President Jovenel Moise was assassinated and his wife wounded early July 7, 2021 in an attack at their home, the interim prime minister announced, an act that risks further destabilizing the Caribbean nation beset by gang violence and political volatility. Claude Joseph said he was now in charge of the country and urged the public to remain calm, while insisting the police and army would ensure the population's safety.The capital Port-au-prince as quiet on Wednesday morning with no extra security forces on patrol, witnesses reported.
A Haitian police officer stands guard outside of the presidential residence after leader Jovenel Moïse was assassinated and his wife wounded on July 7, 2021.

Moïse, 53, was killed in a gun attack at his home outside Port-au-Prince around 1 a.m. Wednesday.

The killers were earlier described by Bocchit Edmond, Haiti’s ambassador to the US, as “well-trained professional commandos” who were feared to have already fled the country.

Edmond earlier Wednesday also called the assassins “foreign mercenaries” who tried to pass themselves off as agents of the US Drug Enforcement Administration.

Haiti's President Jovenel Moise

The “alleged assassins” of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse were arrested.

Following the assassination of Moïse, interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph closed Haiti’s borders and enacted martial law in the already-unstable country that is plagued by gang violence, surging inflation and political protests.

First lady Martine Moïse was also wounded in the attack. She was flown to Miami for treatment in critical, but stable condition


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