Police kill four after Haiti’s president assassinated

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Jovenel Moise
Jovenel Moise

Police chief Léon Charles said four suspects had been killed and two detained but some remained at large and a manhunt was still under way.

“They will be killed or captured,” the police chief said.

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

Police chief Charles described dramatic scenes as officers confronted the alleged assassins.

“We blocked [the suspects] en route as they left the scene of the crime,” he told a news conference. “Since then, we have been battling with them.”

Officials say the suspects are well armed and had taken three police officers hostage, who have since been freed.

Mr Charles urged residents to stay indoors for their own safety.


Haiti: Key facts
11 million inhabitants
Nearly 60% live below the poverty line
A UN peacekeeping force was present from 2004 to 2017 to help stabilise the country
A 2010 earthquake killed more than 200,000 people and caused extensive and lasting damage
In recent months, there has been a wave of kidnappings and worsening security situation
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Brazen attack
The acting prime minister, Claude Joseph, has described Haiti as being “in shock” after the killing of Mr Moïse.

Heavily armed assassins stormed the president’s home in the hills above Port-au-Prince at around 01:00 local time (05:00 GMT).

A deadly gun battle between police and the men suspected of assassinating Haiti’s President Jovenel Moïse has been raging in Port-au-Prince.

Police chief Léon Charles said four suspects had been killed and two detained but some remained at large and a manhunt was still under way.

“They will be killed or captured,” the police chief said.

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

Police chief Charles described dramatic scenes as officers confronted the alleged assassins.

“We blocked [the suspects] en route as they left the scene of the crime,” he told a news conference. “Since then, we have been battling with them.”

Officials say the suspects are well armed and had taken three police officers hostage, who have since been freed.

Mr Charles urged residents to stay indoors for their own safety.

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Haiti: Key facts
11 million inhabitants
Nearly 60% live below the poverty line
A UN peacekeeping force was present from 2004 to 2017 to help stabilise the country
A 2010 earthquake killed more than 200,000 people and caused extensive and lasting damage
In recent months, there has been a wave of kidnappings and worsening security situation
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Brazen attack
The acting prime minister, Claude Joseph, has described Haiti as being “in shock” after the killing of Mr Moïse.

Heavily armed assassins stormed the president’s home in the hills above Port-au-Prince at around 01:00 local time (05:00 GMT).

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