Haitian President Jovenel Moïse was shot dead on Wednesday after a group of unidentified individuals attacked his private residence, according to the country’s interim prime minister, Claude Joseph. The First Lady was also reportedly injured in the attack.
“We sadly confirm the murder of President Jovenel Moise during an attack at his residence by mercenaries,” the Embassy of Haiti in Canada tweeted. “The injured First Lady is receiving the necessary care. Our thoughts are going to the presidential family and to the whole nation.”
Interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph said the president’s residence in Port-au-Prince was stormed by unidentified armed men at 01:00 local time (05:00 GMT).
US President Joe Biden issued a statement, saying he’s “shocked and saddened” by Moïse’s assassination.
“We condemn this heinous act, and I am sending my sincere wishes for First Lady Moïse’s recovery,” Biden said. “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.”
The First Lady, who was reportedly also injured in the attack, is currently in the hospital.
This is a developing story.