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What is known about those involved in the assassination of the president of Haiti? Former Colombian and American Military and “Professional Assassins”


(CNN Spanish) – Haiti is immersed in uncertainty and under a “state of siege” following the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse on Monday, while a massive operation proceeds to find those responsible.

Moïse was assassinated in Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti, after an armed group broke into his home in the Petion-Ville neighborhood at 1:00 am and shot him 16 times. The first lady, Martine Moïse, was injured in the attack and was transferred to the United States for treatment.

Police have so far detained 17 suspects (15 Colombians and two Haitian-Americans) in connection with the assault on the president’s home and a massive nationwide manhunt of at least eight more suspects is underway.

The office of Haiti’s Acting Prime Minister Claude Joseph displayed images of the suspects. CNN has not yet been able to speak to the detainees or their attorneys.

Those detained by the Haitian security forces, along with part of their weapons.

Haitian Police Chief Leon Charles told a news conference that the group was made up of 28 people in total.

Meanwhile, Joseph’s office reported that 3 men suspected of being involved in the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse died in a shootout with authorities.

What do you know so far about those involved in the assassination?

The armed group was made up of “professional assassins” made up of 28 people, including two Haitian-American citizens and 26 Colombians, Haitian authorities said.

Bocchit Edmond, the Haitian ambassador to the United States, said in an interview with Fernando del Rincón that after the assassination of the president, they knew “from the beginning that a group of very well-trained criminals” was part of the attack.

“Orchestrated attack”

“We can say with certainty that they were professional assassins. It was a well-orchestrated attack on the president,” Edmond said. “I would like to know what was the motivation for the assassination, but I believe that the president was assassinated for his beliefs, for his policies, for his reforms.”

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In a statement, the Colombian Defense Ministry initially said that at least six of the alleged attackers were retired members of the Colombian Army and Interpol had requested more information from Bogotá and the National Police.

While the head of the Colombian National Police, General Jorge Vargas, added that two alleged attackers, killed in a Haitian Police operation, were retired Army officers, and at least four alleged attackers arrested by the Haitian Police. they were retired Colombian soldiers.

Arrest at the Taiwanese embassy

Separately, details have emerged related to the arrest of 11 gunmen on the grounds of the Taiwanese embassy in Port-au-Prince on Thursday.

Taiwan Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Joanne Ou told CNN that the embassy called local police after security guards reported that “a group of armed suspects” entered the embassy grounds. Ou said Haitian police arrested 11 suspects, who the Foreign Ministry described in a separate statement as “mercenaries,” at 4 pm inside the embassy without resistance and only a few doors and windows were damaged.

The Taiwanese Foreign Ministry did not provide information on the nationalities of those detained and it is not yet clear whether the 11 suspects are among the 17 people detained by the police.



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