Jovenel Moise, the president of Haiti, was assassinated overnight in his home.
The president of Haiti, Jovenel Moise, was shot and killed in his private residence, the interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph announced Wednesday.
The president’s residence has also put out a statement Wednesday saying the attack occurred around 1 a.m. and that the First Lady Martine Moise was also wounded in the attack and is currently hospitalized.
The assassination was carried out by a commando group with “foreign elements,” AFP news agency reported, citing interim Prime Minister Joseph.
Joseph called the assassination a “hateful, inhumane and barbaric act,” according to AP. He added, “All measures are being taken to guarantee the continuity of the state and to protect the nation.”
In Port-au-Prince Wednesday, gunshots could be heard around the capital. Recently there has been an uptick in violence as gangs and police vy for control of the streets.