Haiti is still in shock. Four “mercenaries” Involved in the massacre Of the President of Haiti Joanel Moss Killed and two arrested, police in the Caribbean state already plunged into a deep crisis on Wednesday evening, where a siege was declared.
President Moss was killed by an armed commando at his home at midnight. According to Acting Prime Minister Claude Joseph, the attackers were “English and Spanish-speaking foreigners”. Police said Wednesday evening that they were pursuing suspicious members of the commando immediately after the attack and that police were continuing an operation at the height of the capital, Port-au-Prince.
“Four mercenaries were killed and two were detained under our control,” Leon Charles, director general of the Haitian National Police, announced in a televised address. “Three police officers who were taken hostage have been rescued,” he added. No other information has been released on the identity or motives of the victims.
First lady “out of danger”
According to local newspapers quoting the judge in charge of the case, President Moss’ remains were destroyed by 12 bullets, and his office and his room were looted. Earlier, Prime Minister Claude Joseph Creole announced in a speech that it had decided to “declare a state of siege across the country”, giving the executive two weeks of advanced powers.
“Jovnell Moss’ killers will pay for what they did in court,” he promised.
According to Poseidon Edmund, Haitian ambassador to the United States, the commando was made up of “professional” mercenaries who acted as officers of the US Drug Enforcement Administration.
The president’s wife, Martin Moss, was injured in the attack at around 1am. The flight was flown to Miami on Wednesday local time. “The first lady is not in danger. She is being treated in Florida. According to the information we have, her condition is stable,” Claude Joseph said on television Wednesday evening.
A country with a little more instability
The assassination threatens to further destabilize America’s poorest country, which is already facing a dual political and security crisis. The U.S. State Department has called for a series of legislative and presidential elections in Haiti, scheduled for September 21, 2021.
Witnesses say all operations, shops and public transport in Port-au-Prince and provincial cities have been paralyzed since the massacre was announced. The streets of the capital remained quiet on Wednesday without being strengthened by police or security forces.