Assassination of Jovenel Moïse

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Assassination of Jovenel Moïse
Jovenel Moïse in 2019
LocationPèlerin 5, Pétion-Ville, Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Date7 July 2021
1:00 am (EDT)
TargetJovenel Moïse
Attack type
Assassination by shooting
WeaponsAK 47-type assault rifles, grenades, drones
DeathsJovenel Moïse
Injured
Martine Moïse
PerpetratorsA group of armed men

Jovenel Moïse, the president of Haiti, was assassinated by a group of unknown armed men. It happened in Port-au-Prince at his private home on 7 July 2021 at 1 am EDT.[1][2][3] Moïse's wife, First Lady Martine Moïse, was wounded and was hospitalized after the attack.[4][5]

Interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph has said that he is in control of the country.[6][7]

Shooting and death of a President[change | change source]

Moïse was killed in the early hours of 7 July 2021, when unknown gunmen attacked his residence in Pèlerin 5, a district of Pétion-Ville, a suburb of Port-au-Prince.[8] Martine Moïse, the First Lady of Haiti, was hospitalized from wounds sustained during the attack.[9][10]

Neighbors of Moïse say they heard heavy machine gun fire shortly after the attack.[11] Video taken by residents living near the site of the attack has the voice of one man with an American accent, speaking in English, who claimed over a megaphone during the attack to be a member of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.[12]

Suspects[change | change source]

Those who orchestrated the assassination and their motives are unknown.[13] The gunmen accused of being those who killed Moïse were identified as 28 foreigners, of whom 26 were Colombians and two Haitain-Americans.[14]

References[change | change source]

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  6. Dupain, Etant; McCluskey, Mitchell; Paget, Sharif; Picheta, Rob (8 February 2021). "Haitian opposition picks interim leader as row over President's term limit intensifies". CNN. Archived from the original on 3 June 2021. Retrieved 7 July 2021.
  7. Porter, Catherine; Santora, Marc (7 July 2021). "After the killing of Haiti's president, the threat of further political violence escalates". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on 7 July 2021. Retrieved 7 July 2021.
  8. "Haïti : le président Jovenel Moïse assassiné par un commando". Libération. Archived from the original on 7 July 2021. Retrieved 7 July 2021.
  9. "Haïti : le président Jovenel Moïse assassiné". France 24. 7 July 2021. Archived from the original on 7 July 2021. Retrieved 7 July 2021.
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  11. "Haitian President Jovenel Moïse assassinated overnight in his home by gunmen, says acting prime minister". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Archived from the original on 7 July 2021. Retrieved 7 July 2021.
  12. Charles, Jacqueline; Fils-Aimé, Johnny (7 July 2021). "Haiti President Jovenel Moïse assassinated in middle-of-the-night attack at his home". Miami Herald. Archived from the original on 7 July 2021. Retrieved 7 July 2021.
  13. Porter, Catherine; Crowley, Michael; Méheut, Constant (7 July 2021). "Haiti's President Assassinated in Nighttime Raid, Shaking a Fragile Nation". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 9 July 2021.
  14. Kitroeff, Natalie; Porter, Catherine; Crowley, Michael (9 July 2021). "Live Updates: Haitian Officials Request U.S. Forces". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 9 July 2021.