The Haitian President Jovenel Moïse has been assassinated at his private home by some yet to be identified gunmen during an armed attack.
Haiti’s interim prime minister Claude Joseph in a statement said the deadly attack took place early Wednesday morning.
The prime minister confirmed that it was a group of individuals, some of whom spoke Spanish.
‘’At around 1 am on Wednesday, July 7, a group of unidentified people, including some speaking Spanish, attacked the private residence of the president, mortally wounding the head of state. The First Lady suffered bullet injuries and is in hospital’’ The statement read.
President Moïse who was 53 years old before his death, served as the 42nd President of Haiti and has been ruling Haiti by decree after legislative elections due in 2018, were delayed in the wake of disputes; including when his term ended. Recently, kidnappings for ransom have also increased apart from the political crisis. This further reflects the growing influence of armed gangs in the Caribbean nation.
The Country also faces natural disasters and increased poverty.
The interim prime minister Claude Joseph who said he was now in charge of the country has called for calm saying the police force and other armed forces in the country have taken control of the situation.
Joseph condemned the attack and called it an “inhumane and barbaric act”,