The daring assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse at his home outside Port-au-Prince was carried out by “well-trained professional commandos” who may have already fled the country, the nation’s ambassador to the US said Wednesday.
The 53-year-old president was killed and his wife, first lady Martine Moïse, wounded when the squad of killers assaulted their home around 1 a.m. local time, authorities have said.
Bocchit Edmond, the impoverished Caribbean nation’s ambassador to the US, told reporters that the unapprehended killers are “well-trained professional commandos” and “foreign mercenaries” who tried to pass themselves off as agents of the US Drug Enforcement Administration.
Officials have variously described the killers as speaking Spanish and English, while French and Haitian Creole are the nation’s predominant languages.
Bocchit Edmond said the killers of the Haitian president were “foreign mercenaries.”Carolyn Kaster/AP President Jovenel Moïse was shot and killed while first lady Martine Moïse was injured.Orlando Barria/EPA
Though interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph quickly imposed a