The president of Haiti, Jovenel Moise, was shot and killed in his private residence. The president’s residence has put out a statement Wednesday saying the attack occurred around 1 a.m. and that the first lady Martine Moise was also wounded in the attack and is currently hospitalized.
The assassination was carried out by a commando group with “foreign elements,” AFP news agency reported, citing interim Prime Minister Joseph. Joseph called the assassination a “hateful, inhumane and barbaric act,” according to AP.
He added, “All measures are being taken to guarantee the continuity of the state and to protect the nation.” In Port-au-Prince Wednesday, gunshots could be heard around the capital.
Recently there has been an uptick in violence as gangs and police vy for control of the streets.