The US State Department has ruled out assumptions that the US drug agency may have been involved in the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse, who died last night at his private residence during an armed attack.
“The Haitian ambassador has already denied these statements. These reports are absolutely false. The US condemns this heinous act, “said State Department spokesman Ned Price at a press conference.
Miami Herland ha published This Wednesday a video recorded during the attack in the area of Moïse’s residence, in which one of the attackers is heard saying in English: “It’s a DEA operation, get out all“.
A Haitian government source told the newspaper that the attackers were not US anti-drug agents. “They were mercenaries“, He said.
Killed at his residence
The president was killed last night in an armed attack on his private residence in Port-au-Prince by a group of unknown persons who they spoke english and spanish.
The first lady, Martine Moïse, turned out bullet wound during the attack and his status is uncertain.
Moïse, 53, assumed the Presidency of the poorest country in America on February 7, 2017 and his last months in office were surrounded by controversy, as his detractors they did not recognize its legitimacy as president.
Haiti, with 11.2 million people, suffers a deep crisis of violence aggravated in recent weeks by territorial struggles between gangs and armed gangs that are vying for control of the poorest neighborhoods of Port-au-Prince. A few days ago, the president asked for international help to combat these groups.
Haiti’s interim prime minister, Claude Joseph, declared a state of siege across the country on Wednesday following the assassination of President Moïse.