Haiti’s National Police has managed to identify those responsible for the well-coordinated assassination of President Jovenel Moïse. During the arrest of the suspects, four were killed while two others were arrested.
Law enforcement officials in the country have made a statement that a gunfight between additional suspects and police is ongoing as of early Thursday.
The gunmen were highly trained and spoke Spanish or English according to the country’s interim prime minister, Claude Joseph. Haiti’s official languages are Creole and French.
Léon Charles, the country’s top cop, told reporters that police are still hunting for suspects, the New York Times reported.
“Four mercenaries were killed [and] two were intercepted under our control,” Charles said, according to the BBC. “Three policemen who had been taken hostage have been recovered. We blocked [the suspects] en route as they left the scene of the crime. Since then, we have been battling with them.”
Another official in the country called the assassins “well trained professional commandos” and “foreign mercenaries” who carried high-powered guns, were dressed in black and masqueraded as U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents.
Details of the attack have been scant and there is no known motive. The suspects killed in the shootout were not identified. Joseph’s office said the attack unfolded at the president’s private home in Port-au-Prince at about 1 a.m. local time and he was fatally wounded. Joseph told the paper that he is running the country.
The Times reported that Martine Moïse, the president’s wife, was also badly injured in the attack and is receiving treatment at a hospital in Florida. The BBC reported that she was listed in stable but critical condition.