Haiti president Jovenel Moïse reportedly assassinated
The president of Haiti, Jovenel Moïse, has reportedly been assassinated in his private residence by a group of armed men who also seriously injured his wife, according to a statement from the interim prime minister’s office.
Speaking on a local radio station, the prime minister, Claude Joseph confirmed the killing of Moïse, saying the attack had been carried out by an “armed commando group” that included foreign elements.
“Around one o’clock in the morning, during the night of Tuesday 6th to Wednesday 7th of July 2021, a group of unidentified individuals, including some speaking Spanish, attacked the private residence of the president and fatally injured the head of state,” Joseph said in a statement quoted in media outlets, which the Guardian could not immediately verify.
Condemning “this odious, inhuman and barbaric act”, Joseph called on Haitians to remain calm, saying the security situation in the country remained calm.
He added that Moïse’s wife, Martine, had been seriously injured in the attack. An official, speaking anonymously to the Associated Press, also confirmed Moïse’s death.
The assassination, if confirmed, is likely to plunge the impoverished Caribbean nation into further turmoil after several years marked by political unrest and violence.