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Haiti pleads with US to send in troops amid fears 'urban terrorists' are planning to attack airport, gas reserves and port as terrified public stockpile goods

 Haiti officials have pleaded with the US to send in military troops amid fears so-called 'urban terrorists' are planning to attack the nation's airport, gas reserves and port as the country teeters on the brink of chaos.  

Haiti's Minister of Elections Mathias Pierre warned that the masterminds of Wednesday's assassination of President Jovenel Moïse could continue their attack by targeting the nation's critical infrastructure in the coming days.

'The group that financed the mercenaries want to create chaos in the country. Attacking the gas reserves and airport might be part of the plan,' he told the New York Times.  

The White House confirmed Friday it was responding to the call for help, drafting in senior officials from the FBI and Department of Homeland Security to the capital Port-au-Prince as soon as possible.

Press secretary Jen Psaki said the US would assess the situation on the ground to see how to best assist and will send in COVID-19 vaccines to the nation as soon as next week.

The US is also providing $5 million to strengthen Haiti's law enforcement capacity to work with communities to resist gangs, Psaki said - something that was a key US priority even before Wednesday's deadly raid.  

'The United States remains engaged and in close consultation with our Haitian and international partners to support the Haitian people in the aftermath of the assassination of the president,' she said.

A crowd of residents in Port-au-Prince gathered outside the US Embassy Friday amid rumors the US will be handing out exile and humanitarian visas to escape the country which has fallen into further turmoil following Wednesday's assassination. 

Terrified Haitian residents stockpiled food, gunfire has erupted in the streets and the nation's future leadership is hanging in the balance as two men both claim to be the rightful successor of the murdered president. 

In total, Haiti National Police said there were 28 presumed assassins responsible for Wednesday's raid, with 17 arrested, three dead and eight still at large. Among the 28 are 26 Colombians and two Haitian-born American citizens.

No motive has yet been given and officials continue to hunt for the masterminds, while questions are swirling over the possibility of an inside job and the two US citizens arrested allegedly claimed to have only been hired as translators.    

Police patrol outside the Embassy of Taiwan in Port-au-Prince where 11 suspected assassins were detained in connection to the murder of the president

Police patrol outside the Embassy of Taiwan in Port-au-Prince where 11 suspected assassins were detained in connection to the murder of the president

Police patrol the Morne Calvaire district of Petion-Ville as they continue to hunt for eight suspected assassins two days on

Police patrol the Morne Calvaire district of Petion-Ville as they continue to hunt for eight suspected assassins two days on 

People gathered in front of the US Embassy in Port-au-Prince Friday amid rumors the US will be handing out exile and humanitarian visas to escape the violence and mayhem in the country

People gathered in front of the US Embassy in Port-au-Prince Friday amid rumors the US will be handing out exile and humanitarian visas to escape the violence and mayhem in the country 

Haiti officials have pleaded with the US to send in military troops amid fears so-called 'urban terrorists' are planning to attack the nation's airport, gas reserves and port as the country teeters on the brink of chaos

Haiti officials have pleaded with the US to send in military troops amid fears so-called 'urban terrorists' are planning to attack the nation's airport, gas reserves and port as the country teeters on the brink of chaos

James Solages, 35, (left) and Joseph Vincent (right) are seen at a Thursday press conference where Haitian authorities paraded the detained suspects. The two US citizens allegedly claimed they were hired as translators in a plot to arrest the Haitian president but not to kill him

James Solages, 35, (left) and Joseph Vincent (right) are seen at a Thursday press conference where Haitian authorities paraded the detained suspects. The two US citizens allegedly claimed they were hired as translators in a plot to arrest the Haitian president but not to kill him

Jean Laguel Civil, Moïse's security coordinator, will be interrogated over the assassination (he is pictured with the president
Dimitri Hérard, head of the General Security Unit of the National Palace, will also be interrogated

Haitian Prosecutor Me Bed-Ford Claude said he had requested the interrogation of Jean Laguel Civil, Moïse's security coordinator, (left with the president) and Dimitri Hérard, head of the General Security Unit of the National Palace (right), as he suggested it might be an inside job and demanded to know: 'where were you?'

It has now also been claimed that the alleged mercenaries stayed in the home of Magalie Habitant (pictured) - an ally of the murdered president and prominent member of the PHTK political party

It has now also been claimed that the alleged mercenaries stayed in the home of Magalie Habitant (pictured) - an ally of the murdered president and prominent member of the PHTK political party


The two US citizens among the 17 arrested over the assassination have allegedly claimed they were hired as translators in a plot to arrest the Haitian president but not to kill him. 

Haitian-born American citizens James Solages, 35, and Joseph Vincent, 55, are said to have confessed to being involved in Wednesday's early morning raid that left Moïse dead and his wife fighting for her life.

Vincent allegedly claimed the plot was orchestrated by a foreigner named 'Mike' who spoke English and Spanish, they planned to take Moïse to the National Palace and the plot was devised over the course of a month in a hotel in Pétion-Ville.

Deputy justice of the peace Judge Clément Noël told Le Nouvelliste the two men, who both live in Florida, said 'the mission was to arrest President Jovenel Moïse, within the framework of the execution of a mandate of an investigating judge and not to kill him.'    

Solages said he 'found this job on the internet', Noël told the outlet.  

Authorities are now investigating if the plot was an inside job with the president's key security personnel facing interrogation.          

Jean Laguel Civil, Moïse's security coordinator and Dimitri Hérard, head of the General Security Unit of the National Palace will be questioned. The two men were among those most responsible for the safety and security of the president. 


Haitian Prosecutor Me Bed-Ford Claude said he had seen no casualties among the president's security detail following the assassination.

'They are responsible for the security of the president... I did not see any police victim except the president and his wife. If you are responsible for the security of the president where were you?'  

Hérard is currently under investigation by US officials over allegations he is involved in arms trafficking in Haiti, Haitian and US sources told CEPR.

Officials said they are still looking for the 'intellectual authors' of the plot. National Police Director Leon Charles said 'we have the physical perpetrators in hand and we are looking for the instigators.'  

It also emerged that the hit squad stayed at a home recently vacated by politician Magalie Habitant, an apparent ally of the murdered president.

However, she claims she left the property in Thomassin three months ago and hired it from a lawyer.    

Habitant was implicated in a 2019 plot when seven heavily-armed foreign mercenaries were arrested in Haiti before fleeing the country. She was suspected of buying the vehicles used by the group and was temporarily banned from leaving the country.  

The remaining 26 suspects are all Colombians with the Colombian Defense Minister Diego Molano saying preliminary information points to at least 13 of them being retired members of the country's military.   

Haitian President Jovenel Moïse and First Lady Martine are pictured together in 2017. Moïse was riddled with 12 bullet holes and had his eye gouged out during Wednesday's brutal attack, which killed him and seriously injured his wife

Haitian President Jovenel Moïse and First Lady Martine are pictured together in 2017. Moïse was riddled with 12 bullet holes and had his eye gouged out during Wednesday's brutal attack, which killed him and seriously injured his wife

Suspects in the assassination of Haiti's President Jovenel Moise are shown to the media in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on Thursday

Suspects in the assassination of Haiti's President Jovenel Moise are shown to the media in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on Thursday

Weaponry, mobile phones, passports and other items are being shown to the media along with suspects in the assassination

Weaponry, mobile phones, passports and other items are being shown to the media along with suspects in the assassination

The director of Colombia's police, Gen. Jorge Luis Vargas Valencia, said Friday that four companies had been involved in recruiting the alleged assassins to carry out the deadly attack. 

He did not release the companies' names, saying they were being verified.  

However, the wife of one of the former Colombian soldiers arrested told Colombia's W Radio her husband Francisco Uribe had been recruited by a security firm to travel to the Dominican Republic last month.

Uribe was hired for $2,700 a month by a company named CTU to travel to the Dominican Republic, where he was told he would be providing protection to some powerful families, she said.

She said she last spoke to her husband Wednesday at 10 pm - almost 24 hours after the raid on the president's home - and said he was on guard duty at a house where he and others were staying.

'The next day he wrote me a message that sounded like a farewell,' said the woman, who identified herself only as Yuli. 

'They were running, they had been attacked... That was the last contact I had.'

The woman said she knew little about her husband's activities and was unaware he had even traveled to Haiti, where Colombians need a visa to enter.

The White House confirmed Friday it was drafting in senior officials from the FBI and Department of Homeland Security to the capital Port-au-Prince as soon as possible. President Joe Biden pictured at Andrews Air Force Base

The White House confirmed Friday it was drafting in senior officials from the FBI and Department of Homeland Security to the capital Port-au-Prince as soon as possible. President Joe Biden pictured at Andrews Air Force Base 

Uribe has been under investigation for his alleged role in a spate of extrajudicial killings carried out by Colombia's US-trained army more than a decade ago. 

Colombian court records show that he and another soldier were accused of killing a civilian in 2008 who they later tried to present as a criminal killed in combat. 

Some of the other suspects from Colombia were identified as: Alejandro Girardo Zapata, 41; John Jairo Ramirez Gomez, 40; Victor Albeiro Pinera Cardona, 40; Manuel Antonio Groso Guarin, 41, Duberney Capador Giraldo and Alejandro Rivera García.  

Guarín, a former member of the army's elite urban anti-terror special forces unit, is said to have flown to the Dominican resort of Punta Cana on June 4 with at least three other Colombian ex-forces men before crossing the frontier into Haiti two days later.  

He appears to have found time for sight-seeing in Dominican before the raid on the presidential residence, with photos from his Facebook showing pictures outside landmarks including the National Palace in the capital, Santo Domingo.  

Colombian officials said Friday the Colombian suspects travelled to the Caribbean nation in two groups by way of the Dominican Republic.

Giraldo and García travelled from Colombia to Panama on May 6 and then to Santo Domingo, the Dominican capital before arriving in Port-au-Prince on May 10.

A second group of 11 Colombians followed later. Police released a document indicating they had travelled on June 4 from Bogota to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic and two days later crossed into Haiti.  

None of the other detainees or those killed have been named.    

While the public is demanding answers around who is responsible for the death of their president, the nation is also in turmoil over who is the next rightful leader.

Under the constitution, Haiti's chief justice René Sylvestre would normally take charge after the President's death - but he died of COVID-19 two weeks ago.  

Following Moïse's slaying, a power struggle has broken out between Interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph and Prime Minister-elect Ariel Henry.  

Haitian-born American citizens James Solages, 35, (above) and Joseph Vincent, 55, are said to have confessed to being involved in Wednesday's early morning raid at the president's mansion near Port-au-Prince

Haitian-born American citizens James Solages, 35, (above) and Joseph Vincent, 55, are said to have confessed to being involved in Wednesday's early morning raid at the president's mansion near Port-au-Prince

James Solages is a US citizen of Haitian descent and president of a local charity
Solages told authorities he was hired as a translator and the plan was to kidnap not kill the president

The deputy justice of the peace of Pétion-Ville Judge Clément Noël told local paper Le Nouvelliste Solages (pictured) and Vincent - who both live in Florida - told authorities 'they were translators'

Police lined up the 17 assassination suspects, including two American citizens and 15 Colombians, behind a table displaying an array of firearms, machetes, sledgehammers and several Colombian passports

Police lined up the 17 assassination suspects, including two American citizens and 15 Colombians, behind a table displaying an array of firearms, machetes, sledgehammers and several Colombian passports

Suspects in the assassination of Haiti's President Jovenel Moise, among them Haitian-American citizens James Solages, left, and Joseph Vincent, second left, are shown to the media at the General Direction of the police in Port-au-Prince

Suspects in the assassination of Haiti's President Jovenel Moise, among them Haitian-American citizens James Solages, left, and Joseph Vincent, second left, are shown to the media at the General Direction of the police in Port-au-Prince

Moïse's assassination came just one day after he named Henry as the new prime minister, who would have replaced Joseph in a matter of days.

However, Joseph assumed sole power of the embattled country, declaring a 'state of siege' granting him absolute authority hours after the president's murder. 

Henry - who has the backing of many opposition politicians - said he does not consider Joseph the legitimate prime minister and he should revert to the role of foreign minister. 

There are growing questions over who had a motive to order Moïse's assassination as the alleged mercenary execution squad are slowly rounded up and details are emerging about the individuals.  

Sources told Reuters that US intelligence and law enforcement officials are now probing American connections to Moïse's assassination following the arrest of the two US citizens Thursday.    

Solages had been staying in Haiti for the last month while Vincent had been there for the last six months, according to Noël. 

The Colombian 'mercenaries' had been in the Caribbean country for around three months, he said Solages claimed. 

The judge said both Solages and Vincent were arrested following a shootout with police and were found to be carrying weapons, clothes and food at the time.   

Solages' now-deleted Facebook account claimed he spoke Spanish, English, French and Haitian Creole, while his shocked relatives said he had no military experience and was not known to harbor radical political beliefs. 

He is the president of a charity based in south Florida whose website - which has now gone offline - claims to be focused on ending childhood hunger in Haiti. 

The 35-year-old's bio on the site boasted numerous credentials including claims he is a 'certified diplomatic agent,' a politician 'promoting his country by focusing on compassion programs and counseling economic development program' and the former chief commander of bodyguards for The Canadian embassy in Haiti. 

After earlier claiming seven suspects were killed, Léon Charles, chief of Haiti's National Police, now claims that only three other suspects were killed by police, saying eight others are on the run

After earlier claiming seven suspects were killed, Léon Charles, chief of Haiti's National Police, now claims that only three other suspects were killed by police, saying eight others are on the run 

Soldiers frog march two of the suspects in the assassination after displaying them for the media at a press conference

Soldiers frog march two of the suspects in the assassination after displaying them for the media at a press conference

Police officers guard a group of suspects accused of having participated in the assassination of the Haitian President

Police officers guard a group of suspects accused of having participated in the assassination of the Haitian President


However, Canada's foreign relation department released a statement that did not refer to Solages by name but said one of the men detained had been 'briefly employed as a reserve bodyguard' at its embassy by a private contractor. 

And relatives who have spoken out since Solages arrest say he once had a failed attempt to run for mayor in his hometown of Jacmel and had no military service.   

Solage's uncle Schubert Dorisme told Seattle Times from his home in Florida that the family was shocked to hear of his alleged involvement as they learned of his arrest in the media. 

Dorisme told the outlet his nephew has 'no military training', adding that 'I don't know how this thing happened.'

He told the outlet his nephew would often travel back and forth between Haiti and his home in south Florida to carry out work for his charity in Jacmel.

Solages once made an unsuccessful run for mayor in Jacmel, he said.

Dorisme insisted Solages was not known to harbor radical political beliefs, however, he said he believed his nephew's latest trip was for the purpose of carrying out the attack.  

'I think, for me, I think he went down there just for that,' he said.

Dorisme said he did not know how long Solages had been staying in Haiti leading up to Wednesday's attack.   

He told the outlet he was upset over Moïse's death and likened his nephew's alleged involvement to being like 'my son killed my brother.' 

Haitian police transport two other men in the back of a cop trailer to the police station of Petion Ville in Port-au-Prince. Police said the two men are suspects in the murder of Haiti president Jovenel Moïse

Haitian police transport two other men in the back of a cop trailer to the police station of Petion Ville in Port-au-Prince. Police said the two men are suspects in the murder of Haiti president Jovenel Moïse

The two men were reportedly found hiding in bushes by civilians who roughed them up before turning them over to police

The two men were reportedly found hiding in bushes by civilians who roughed them up before turning them over to police

One of the men detained by Haitian police on suspicion of being involved in the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse

One of the men detained by Haitian police on suspicion of being involved in the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse

Another male suspect is seen covered in blood as he was loaded into the back of a police car Thursday - one day on from the deadly raid on the president's mansion

Another male suspect is seen covered in blood as he was loaded into the back of a police car Thursday - one day on from the deadly raid on the president's mansion

The bodies of two of the people killed by police are pictured being transported away in a police vehicle Thursday

The bodies of two of the people killed by police are pictured being transported away in a police vehicle Thursday 

People look in through the window of the police car at the bodies of two of the people suspected of being involved in the assassination of the president

People look in through the window of the police car at the bodies of two of the people suspected of being involved in the assassination of the president

'First of all, I'm sorry for what happened about my president. I am deeply sorry. It feels like my son killed my brother,' Dorisme said.

'I love my president, and I love James Solages.' 

Solages' aunt Victorie Dorisme also spoke of her disbelief at his involvement in the president's assassination.

She told the Miami Herald she had 'never heard of him in any trouble like this.'

Instead, she said he spent his time working as a building maintenance man and running his charity and was going through a divorce. 

Prior to his arrest as part of an international assassination plot, the 35-year-old had no criminal record. 

Solages' Facebook was taken offline Thursday following his arrest.  

On his LinkedIn account, which remains active, Solages is listed as having achieved an associate's degree in IT at FCC College in Miami and worked for a technology maintenance firm from 2016 to 2019.

He is also listed as CEO of EJS Maintenance and Repair, plant operation director at Senior Lifestyle and president at JacmelFirst.   

Jacmel First's charitable mission is to support the growth and development of underprivileged people in Haiti and specifically Jacmel - a port town on the south coast of the country, the website says.

This includes through education, health education and the implementation of sanitation systems.

Attempts by DailyMail.com to reach his charity by phone did not go through or were not answered. 

Meanwhile, little is known about Vincent, other than officials saying he lives in Miami.

It is not clear if the two men were known to each other prior to their alleged involvement in the president's assassination. 

Footage from the raid reveals an attacker with an American accent shouting in English 'this is a DEA operation' as they arrived at the mansion before carrying out the attack. 

Noël said it is Solages' voice in the footage.  

Interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph
The country's coronavirus tsar Ariel Henry, the man Moise had named as Joseph's successor

POWER STRUGGLE: Interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph (left) has seized power of the country, declaring a state of emergency, just days before he was due to be replaced by the country's coronavirus tsar Ariel Henry (right), the man Moise had named as Joseph's successor

Interim President Claude Joseph, center, looks at the suspects at the press briefing Thursday. Joseph has assumed absolute power by declaring a 'state of siege' despite questions over who should assume the presidency

Interim President Claude Joseph, center, looks at the suspects at the press briefing Thursday. Joseph has assumed absolute power by declaring a 'state of siege' despite questions over who should assume the presidency

President Moise with First Lady Martine and their three children, from left, Jomarlie, Jovenel Jr and Joverlein

President Moise with First Lady Martine and their three children, from left, Jomarlie, Jovenel Jr and Joverlein

Officials paraded the suspected assassins in a press conference Thursday night but are yet to provide evidence of their involvement or details of any plot other than to say it was carried out by 'foreign mercenaries and professional killers.'

Questions are growing around how a group of heavily armed 'assassins' successfully got past the president's own security detail, penetrated his home and carried out the attack unscathed only to appear not to have a getaway plan in place and be captured several hours later.   

Haitian Prosecutor Bed-Ford Claude told Le Nouvelliste he had requested the interrogation of the bodyguards close to the president, in particular Laguel Civil and Hérard. 

'I gave the Central Directorate of the Judicial Police (DCPJ) delegation of power to hear all the security agents close to President Jovenel Moïse,' he told the outlet.

'I also issued two invitations on Tuesday July 13 and Wednesday July 14 in order to [interrogate Civil and Hérard].'  

Footage showed two Colombian suspects being hauled through the streets with ropes around their midriffs, one of the men was shirtless and covered in blood as people shoved him amid shouts and shrieks from the mob.
Colombian suspected mercenaries are dragged through the slums of Port-au-Prince

Footage showed two Colombian suspects being hauled through the streets with ropes around their midriffs, one of the men was shirtless and covered in blood as people shoved him amid shouts and shrieks from the mob.

The suspected hired guns are dragged up steps with ropes tied around their midriffs by the mob
The suspected hired guns are dragged up steps with ropes tied around their midriffs by the mob

The suspected hired guns are dragged up steps with ropes tied around their midriffs by the mob 


Crowds surround the police station where the suspects in connection to the assassination of the president are being held

Crowds surround the police station where the suspects in connection to the assassination of the president are being held 

A crowd of local residents took matters into their own hands Thursday, surrounding two male suspects before police officers arrived and detained them (above)

A crowd of local residents took matters into their own hands Thursday, surrounding two male suspects before police officers arrived and detained them (above) 

Locals surround a police car transporting two men arrested in the Jalousie township of Port-au-Prince Thursday

Locals surround a police car transporting two men arrested in the Jalousie township of Port-au-Prince Thursday 

'What did you do to avoid this fate to the president?' he asked.

Bed-Ford Claude said there are many questions that need answering with regards to the president's security and claimed the top bodyguard Laguel Civil was yet to hand over information about the night's events.

He said he had seen Laguel Civil at Moïse's mansion in the aftermath and had requested Wednesday a list of all the security agents present at the time of the attack.

As of Thursday, Bed-Ford Claude claimed he was yet to hand over the information. 

'They must tell me where they were,' he said.

The prosecutor has also requested to interview Inspector Paul Eddy Amazan, head of the Cat-Team and Commissioner Léandre Pierre Osman, head of the Palace Security Unit (USP), he said, as authorities continue to investigate who is responsible for the assassination.  

Speculation of a possible inside job comes as Haiti's Ambassador to the US Bocchit Edmond said 'there is no doubt about it... there was some internal help.'  

Just after 1am on Wednesday, assassins shouting in American accents 'DEA operation, stand down' stormed into the 53-year-old president's private residence in the hills above the capital, ransacking bedrooms and offices, and leaving him to die an horrific death with machine gun fire riddling his body from his head down to his legs. 

Magistrate Carl Henry Destin told the Nouvelliste newspaper that the president's body had been ripped apart by 12 bullets from large caliber rifles and smaller 9mm weapons, to the forehead, chest, hips and abdomen. 

Moise's wife First Lady Martine, 47, was shot through the legs, arm, torso and hand.

She was first treated at a local hospital then airlifted in a 'critical condition' to the Ryder Trauma Center in Miami where officials said she is now 'out of danger' and in a 'stable condition.'

Their adult daughter Jormalie was left fearing for her life as she cowered in a bedroom but was able to escape unharmed while a maid and another domestic staff member were tied up by the gunmen.

Footage circulating online purportedly taken by a neighbour of the president shows men with rifles arriving outside the property
Footage purportedly taken by a neighbour of the president shows men with rifles arriving outside the property

Footage circulating online purportedly taken by a neighbour of the president shows men with rifles arriving outside the property

Footage circulating in Haitian WhatsApp groups purports to show men with rifles arriving at the president's home last night
Footage purports to show men arriving at the president's home last night

Footage circulating in Haitian WhatsApp groups purports to show men with rifles arriving at the president's home last night


Police chief Leon Charles told a news conference on Thursday that three suspects had been killed by police in a gun battle following the assassination, while eight others were on the run.  

'Foreigners came to our country to kill the president,' Charles said. 'There were... 26 Colombians, identified by their passports... and two Haitian Americans as well.'

'We are going to bring them to justice,' he said as the 17 suspects sat handcuffed on the floor during a press conference on Thursday night, where a variety of weapons and Colombian passports were arrayed on a table.

Eleven of them were captured in a special forces raid on the Taiwanese embassy Thursday where they had broken in as part of a doomed attempt to get diplomatic protection. 

'As for whether the suspects were involved in the assassination of the President of Haiti, that will need to be investigated by the Haitian police,' Foreign Affairs spokesperson Joanne Ou told The Associated Press in Taipei.

Police were alerted by embassy security guards while Taiwanese diplomats were working from home. 

The ministry said some doors and windows were broken but there was no other damage to the embassy. 

Taiwan has close diplomatic ties with Haiti as one of the few states to recognize its independence from China - though it is not clear why its consulate was chosen as a hideout. 

Four other suspects were captured by civilians on the streets of Port-au-Prince.

Footage showed two Colombians being hauled through the streets with ropes around their midriffs by locals.

A car riddled with bullet holes outside the late president's home in the hills near Port-au-Prince on Wednesday

A car riddled with bullet holes outside the late president's home in the hills near Port-au-Prince on Wednesday

Members of the Haitian police and forensics mark a bullet on the street as they look for evidence outside of the presidential residence on Wednesday in Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Members of the Haitian police and forensics mark a bullet on the street as they look for evidence outside of the presidential residence on Wednesday in Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Investigators work near Haitian President Jovenel Moise's home in Port-au-Prince collecting evidence after the assassination

Investigators work near Haitian President Jovenel Moise's home in Port-au-Prince collecting evidence after the assassination

The President of Haiti Jovenel Moise was shot dead in his home in the Pelerin 5 neighbourhood in the hills above Port-au-Prince

The President of Haiti Jovenel Moise was shot dead in his home in the Pelerin 5 neighbourhood in the hills above Port-au-Prince

One of the men was shirtless and covered in blood as people shoved the pair amid shouts and shrieks from the mob to 'burn them'. 

The crowd later set fire to several abandoned cars riddled with bullet holes that they believed belonged to the suspects.  

The cars didn't have license plates, and inside one was an empty box of bullets and some water. 

Police chief Charles urged the public to stay calm and let his officers do their work, warning that they could be destroying crucial evidence. 

Another two alleged hired guns were discovered hiding in bushes by a crowd who grabbed them, before they were handed over to police and loaded onto a truck.  

Police originally claimed to have killed seven 'commandos' in a shoot-out throughout Wednesday in which three cops were taken hostage, but later freed.  

The death toll was later revised down to three suspects slain, yet the confusion around the numbers was not explained.  

Two of the bodies of the suspects killed were seen being transported away in the back of a police van Thursday. 

One suspect was wounded in the fighting but managed to escape and clamber into a family home in the affluent Pétion-Ville neighborhood. His lifeless corpse was discovered the following day. 

Police discovered a cache of guns in a vehicle used by the attackers, including a CCTV camera from Moïse's home, axes, wire cutters, bullet proof vests and more than $40,000 in US dollar bills.

Also found was a chequebook in the name of Moïse and his wife, First Lady Martine, 47, who was badly wounded and airlifted to a hospital in Miami.  

No motive has been given for the attack, which came at a time of escalating unrest in the country and as protesters called for the removal of Moïse - who has been accused of turning the country into a dictatorship.

In June, just weeks before his murder, one of the country's most powerful gang leaders announced he was launching a revolution against Haiti's political elites. 

Jimmy Cherizier, known as 'Barbecue', said his G9 group of gangs could free the country from the government and its opposition. 

Barbecue is an ex-police officer turned gang leader who has been linked to several massacres in the country but was also said to have ties with Moïse. 

Trinity Air Ambulance touches down at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport in Florida, carrying the gravely injured Martine Moise, Haiti's First Lady, who was shot during an assassination raid that killed her husband, Haitian President Jovenel Moise

Trinity Air Ambulance touches down at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport in Florida, carrying the gravely injured Martine Moise, Haiti's First Lady, who was shot during an assassination raid that killed her husband, Haitian President Jovenel Moise

Martine Moise, first lady of Haiti, arrives at Jackson Health System's Ryder Trauma Center, in Miami, for treatment Wednesday after being shot multiple times at her home earlier in the day in Port-au-Prince, Haiti in the attack that killed her husband

Martine Moise, first lady of Haiti, arrives at Jackson Health System's Ryder Trauma Center, in Miami, for treatment Wednesday after being shot multiple times at her home earlier in the day in Port-au-Prince, Haiti in the attack that killed her husband


Haiti has descended into chaos in the wake of the assassination, with desperate fugitive mercenaries dying in the streets, a town official lynched and burned to death and prisoners mutinying in jails.  

Gunfire rang out across the capital Port au Prince last night and there were prisoner revolts and attempted escapes at at least two jails in the Caribbean country that was already in the grips of poverty, gang warfare and corruption before Wednesday's assassination.  

A 72-year-old civil servant was shot dead and then burned by bandits on Wednesday night who have turned an entire province on the island's southwest into a 'red zone' where police cannot operate.

Meanwhile at two prisons inmates mutinied, with an undetermined number escaping and others shot dead outside a jail in Mirebalais, north of Port-au-Prince, while others set fire to their cells as they tried to flee in Port-de-Paix, on the northern coast. 

Amid the uncertainty and with gunfire ringing out, Haitians have holed up for safety inside their homes - a grim reminder of the growing power of gangs that displaced more than 14,700 people last month alone as they torched and ransacked homes in a fight over territory. 

Moïse's death has left Haiti in political turmoil with no designated successor while the international community calls for the country to hold an election.

Joseph - who claimed control hours after the assassination and days before he was due to be replaced by Henry - said he had asked US Secretary of State Antony Blinken for technical support to help Haiti hold elections in the coming days.

Prisoners set fire to their cells as they tried to flee in Port-de-Paix
Men try to put the fire out with buckets of water

Prisoners set fire to their cells as they tried to flee in Port-de-Paix, on the northern coast (pictured: smoke billows from the prison, left; as men try to put the fire out with buckets of water, right)

A man is seen running across the roof to avoid sniper fire
A man believed to be a member of the Haitian security forces films the firefight

Footage purportedly shows a rooftop gun battle raging on Wednesday after the president was assassinated in the affluent Pétion-Ville neighbourhood in the hills above Port-au-Prince. A man is seen running across the roof, left, to avoid sniper fire, as a man believed to be a member of the Haitian security forces films the firefight, right


The US had previously called for an election to be held in the Caribbean country by the end of 2021.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Thursday the US was continuing to call for an election this year saying it is 'in the interest of the people of Haiti.'

'We called for an election this year, or we're continuing to call for one, because we feel that supporting democratic institutions, the democratic process, is something that would be in the interest of the people of Haiti,' she told reporters at the White House. 

Meanwhile, the UN's Special Envoy for Haiti Helen La Lime said in New York that Joseph told UN officials he plans to maintain the scheduled September 26 election date.

She said the UN is working with Haitian officials 'to look at the issues and to do our utmost to meet this date.'

In the meantime, she said Joseph would remain the leader of the nation until an election is held. 

Haiti had grown increasingly unstable under Moïse, who was accused of turning the country into a dictatorship and allowing armed gangsters to roam the streets to prevent new elections.

Protests had been going on for months against him as opponents and citizens said his term had ended, while he refused to hold an election.  

Moïse also faced accusations of financial impropriety and power-grabbing by limiting powers for auditing government contracts and creating an intelligence agency that only answers to the president.

He wanted to abolish the Senate, leaving a single legislative body, and replace the post of prime minister with a vice president who answered only to him, in a bid to streamline government.

1 comment:

  1. If they are pleading for US troops then it was a CIA hit and puppets installed....Who the fk would want US troops in the country after Iraq, Syria, Vietnam, Laos, Korea, Afghanistan
    etc....oh and please take care of our gas...just like Syria

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