At least seventeen people, including fifteen Colombians and two American citizens, were detained were arrested in connection with the assassination of President Jovenel Moise, Haitian officials said on Thursday night as they paraded the suspects before the news media.
Moise, 53, was fatally shot early on Wednesday at his home by what officials said was a group of foreign, trained killers, pitching the poorest country in the Americas deeper into turmoil amid political divisions, hunger, and widespread gang violence.
At a news conference at National Police Headquarters with the interim prime minister, the two Americans were identified as James Solages and Joseph Vincent.
When parading 17 men before journalists at a news conference, a number of Colombian passports, plus assault rifles, machetes, walkie-talkies, and materials including bolt cutters and hammers were listed as items recovered from the suspects.
On the other hand, it was announced that a clash broke out between the police and 4 suspects, the suspects were neutralized and their weapons were confiscated.
Police said they were looking for 9 suspects. Leon Charles, Director General of the Haiti National Police, urged the public not to seek justice themselves, only to help bring the perpetrators to justice.