At least two suspected assassins of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse were taken off the street by an angry mob on Thursday and taken back into custody by police.
Dozens of civilians in the capital Port-au-Prince grabbed the alleged killers and dug them up, telling reporters on the spot that they found the suspects hidden in bushes.
National Police Director Léon Charles told Haiti’s Radio Métropole on Thursday that six people have been arrested and seven killed in gun battles with police as more suspects are still being sought.
Police arrived to take control of the tense situation, pulled the men – boiled in mud and sweating profusely –
“They killed the president! Give them to us, ”some of the many were heard saying. “We’re burning them!”
Some of the civilians were seen after the truck to a local police station, where they later set fire to bullet-ridden cars that they believed belonged to the suspects.
A group of heavily armed assassins – described by Haitian officials as “well-trained” foreign mercenaries – stormed Moises’ home in the hills overlooking Port-au-Prince around Wednesday, killing the 53-year-old president and critically wounding his wife. , Martine Moïse, 47.
In the wake of the daring assassination, interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph has taken control of the poor Caribbean nation and introduced martial law.
But without a clear line of legacy and neurosurgeon Ariel Henry – appointed by Moïse to succeed Joseph as prime minister a day before the assassination – questioning Joseph’s claim to the presidency, Haiti risks falling into further political turmoil.
With mail cables