Haiti President Jovenel Moise Assassination: Police Gun Down Four 'Mercenaries', Two Arrested

Swarajya Staff

Jul 08, 2021, 11:55 AM | Updated 11:55 AM IST

Jovenel Moise (Image via Twitter)
Jovenel Moise (Image via Twitter)

Haiti police have gunned down four persons, and arrested two people suspected of assassinating the country's President Jovenel Moise, reports WION.

"Four mercenaries were killed, two were intercepted under our control. Three policemen who had been taken hostage have been recovered," said the director general of Haiti's national police Leon Charles in a televised statement.

"Three policemen who had been taken hostage have been recovered. We blocked (the suspects) en route as they left the scene of the crime," he added.

Notably, officers are still in combat with some remaining suspects in Haiti capital Port-au-Prince, the BBC reported citing officials.

"They will be killed or captured," police chief Leon Charles said.

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

The unidentified gunmen entered the private residence in Port-au-Prince at 1 a.m. local time (05:00 GMT). Moise was killed, but First Lady Martine Moise survived and has been flown to Florida where she is receiving treatment.

She is reported to be in a stable but critical condition.

With IANS Inputs

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