Haitian President Moïse has been assassinated in an armed attack at his home. The interim prime minister has announced that Mr. Moïse was killed during an attack when his Haiti home was stormed by gunmen at 1 o’clock, on the morning of July 7th.

The group of unidentified individuals killed him and wounded his wife Martine, who remains hospitalised.

Haiti’s Police Chief says four suspects have been fatally shot and two others arrested in an apparent hostage-taking situation.

Bocchit Edmond, the Haitian ambassador to the United States, said the attack on the 53-year-old Moïse “was carried out by foreign mercenaries and professional killers — well-orchestrated,” and that they were masquerading as agents of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. The DEA has an office in the Haitian capital to assist the government in counternarcotics programs, according to the U.S. Embassy.

Interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph said the heavily armed gunmen spoke Spanish or English, but gave no further details, adding that police and military were in control of security.

The poorest country in the Americas, Haiti has a history of dictatorship and political upheaval. Reports say that the streets of the capital Port-au-Prince remain empty and quiet, however more chaos is anticipated in the unstable Caribbean country already beset by gang violence, soaring inflation and protests by opposition supporters who accused Moïse of increasing authoritarianism.

Moïse was a Haitian entrepreneur and politician who was sworn in as President in February 2017 after winning the November 2016 election.  Since 2019, the country has seen political unrest and calls for his resignation.

US President Biden said “We condemn this heinous act’; the United States offers condolences to the people of Haiti, and we stand ready to assist as we continue to work for a safe and secure Haiti.”