Thursday, January 20, 2022

4 people suspected of assassinating Haiti’s President Jovenel Moïse, killed in a shootout with security forces

Four people suspected of assassinating Haiti’s President Jovenel Moïse have been killed in a shootout with the security forces.

Two others have been detained, while some remaining suspects are thought to be still at large in the nation’s capital Port-au-Prince. They will be killed or captured, police chief Leon Charles said.

Mr Moïse, 53, was fatally shot and his wife was injured when attackers stormed their home early on Wednesday.

The president was reportedly hit by multiple bullets and his office and bedroom were ransacked. First Lady Martine Moïse has been flown to Florida where she is said to be in a critical but stable condition and is receiving treatment.

Speaking after the killing, interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph called for calm and declared a nationwide state of emergency.

US President Joe Biden offered condolences to the people of Haiti for the horrific assassination. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson called it an abhorrent act and also appealed for calm.

The UN Security Council, which is set to hold a closed-door meeting on the killing, issued a statement today in which it made an emphatic call on all political stakeholders in Haiti to refrain from any acts of violence or incitement.

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