"Four suspects accused of assassinating Haitian President Jovenel Moïse were killed in a shootout with security forces."
According to authorities, four suspects accused of assassinating Haitian President Jovenel Moïse were killed in a confrontation with security troops. Two more people have been detained, and authorities in the nation's capital, Port-au-Prince, are currently battling some of the other suspects.
"They'll be killed or detained," warned police head Leon Charles. When gunmen invaded their home early on Wednesday, Mr Moïse, 53, was fatally shot and his wife was injured.
At 01:00 local time, unidentified gunmen broke into a private residence in Port-au-Prince (05:00 GMT). Mr. Moïse died in the attack, but First Lady Martine Moïse survived and was taken to Florida for treatment. Her status is described as stable yet serious.
Mr Charles claimed in a televised address late Wednesday that "four mercenaries were murdered [and] two were intercepted under our custody." Adding to this statement, Mr. Charles further said "Three police officers who had been kidnapped have been freed. We stopped [the suspects] on their way out of the crime scene ".
Interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph, speaking after the incident, asked for calm and imposed a nationwide state of emergency.