Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Haiti requests UN, US troops to protect key infrastructure

Haiti government has requested the United Nations and the United States for sending troops to the country to protect key infrastructure after the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse. US has said, it has no plans to offer military assistance at this time but, it said yesterday, it was sending FBI and Department of Homeland Security officials to Haiti to help in the investigation. The UN Security Council would have to approve any plan to send international troops to Haiti under UN auspices.

Haitian police earlier said a group of 28 foreign mercenaries killed the president on Wednesday. After a gun battle in the capital Port-au-Prince, 17 of them were detained. Some of the group, which Haiti says included retired Colombian soldiers, were held at the house they were using, others after entering Taiwan’s diplomatic compound, the police said. Police said the hit squad included mainly Colombians, along with two Haitian-Americans. Three suspects were killed by police, and eight others are still being sought.

The attack took place in the early hours on 7 July, when gunmen broke into the president’s home, shooting him dead and his wife was seriously wounded. She is in a stable condition after being flown to Florida for treatment.

The killing has triggered some civil unrest in Haiti, the poorest nation in the Americas. A state of emergency remains in force across the country and it is unclear who is in effective charge of the country’s government. Firearms and cash Bloodied and bruised, arrested suspects were shown to the media on Thursday, along with a slew of seized weapons.

Taiwan confirmed that 11 of the suspects were arrested after breaking into a courtyard at its compound.

Angry civilians had joined the search for the gunmen, and helped police track down some who were hiding in bushes. The crowd set fire to three of the suspects’ cars and destroyed evidence.

Police chief Léon Charles called for calm, saying the public should not take the law into their own hands.

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