According to police chief Leon Charles, Haitian security forces have killed four members of a group of presumed to be responsible for the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse in his home.
“The police are still in combat with the assailants,” Charles said in a televised briefing on Wednesday, he also confirmed that mercenaries were intercepted as they escaped the scene of the crime. “We blocked them en route as they left the scene of the crime. Since then, we have been battling with them.” Two of the attackers had been detained. The others who continue to elude capture he said “ will be killed or captured”.
Haiti’s communications secretary, Frantz Exantus, had earlier made the announcement that police had arrested the “presumed assassins” without providing any further details. Three police officers held hostage by the suspected gunmen were freed late Wednesday, Charles said.
A squad of gunmen assassinated Haitian President Jovenel Moïse and wounded his wife in an overnight raid on their home Wednesday,