Jovenel Moise: Haiti seeks masterminds after assassins detained.

Written by on July 9, 2021

Police in Haiti have killed or arrested the gunmen suspected of killing President Jovenel Moïse, but say they are still hunting the masterminds.

Four gunmen have been killed and six more detained including, reportedly, a US citizen, although whether the police operation is over is unclear.

People were urged to stay calm after they burned cars and seized two “foreigners” who they handed to police.

President Moïse was shot dead at his home in the early hours of Wednesday.

His wife, Martine, was seriously injured and has been flown to Florida for hospital treatment.

Acting prime minister, Claude Joseph, delivered a press briefing on Thursday afternoon, alongside police chief Léon Charles.

Confirming six suspects had been detained, Mr Charles added: “We have the physical perpetrators in hand and we are looking for the instigators.”

He earlier said police had “blocked [the suspects] en route as they left the scene of the crime”, killing four.

Mr Joseph said the family of Mr Moïse expected “justice” but there remain a number of possible suspects behind the crime.

Mr Moïse, 53, was deeply unpopular with many Haitians, and had many political opponents . The impoverished nation has also been plagued by gang warfare.

Credit: BBC

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