Haitian President Jovenel Moise has been assassinated, according to a breaking news report in AFP.
It was announced that Moise was killed by unidentified people at his home on Wednesday.
Interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph announced that Haitian President Jovenel Moise was killed by unidentified people on Wednesday.
In the statement made by the Prime Minister’s Office, it was stated that the assassination took place at around 1 am local time on Wednesday.
“A group of individuals who have not been identified, some of whom were speaking Spanish, attacked the private residence of the President of the Republic and fatally injured the Head of State,” Joseph said in a statement.
It was learned that Moise’s wife was injured in the attack. No official statement has yet been made regarding the First Lady’s health status.
According to local media reports, Moise’s family was attacked in his home in the hills above Port-au-Prince.
Claude has urged the country to stay calm and has assured that “All steps and measures are being taken to keep the state going and to protect the nation.”
Struggling with poverty, Haiti has recently experienced political disunity and violence has increased across the country. British news agency Reuters wrote that gunfire was heard across the country.