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Haiti PM: 4 suspected killers of President slain, 2 arrested

The killing of Moise was sure to bring more chaos to the unstable Caribbean country already beset by gang violence soaring inflation and protests by opposition supporters.

By: AP | Port-au-prince |
July 8, 2021 7:29:13 am
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, on Wednesday, (Photo: AP)

Haiti’s police chief says four suspected killers of President Jovenel Moise have been fatally shot by police and two others arrested in an apparent hostage-taking situation.

Lion Charles said late Wednesday that three police officers held hostage were freed.

The killing of Moise early Wednesday, and the wounding of his wife, was sure to bring more chaos to the unstable Caribbean country already beset by gang violence, soaring inflation and protests by opposition supporters who accused Moise of increasing authoritarianism.

Interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph said the police and military were in control of security. The poorest country in the Americas, Haiti has a history of dictatorship and political upheaval. The streets of Port-au-Prince were empty and quiet.

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