(CMR) Two men believed to be Haitian-Americans, one of them purporting to be a former bodyguard at the Canadian Embassy in Port-au-Prince, were arrested in connection with the assassination of Haiti's president, a government official said on Thursday.
President Jovenel Moïse was killed early Wednesday morning after heavily armed men invaded his residence. His wife was also injured in the attack and is now being treated at a Miami hospital. President Jovenel Moïse was shot 12 times, some from high-caliber weapons, Business Insider reported.
Mathias Pierre, Haiti’s minister of elections and interparty relations, told the Washington Post that James Solages, a US citizen, is among six people arrested in connection with the killing of Moïse. Pierre said another of the suspects is also believed to be a US citizen.
Haitian police killed four other suspects late Wednesday during a shootout with the police. The police are still searching for other suspects.
Haitian Ambassador to the US Bocchit Edmond believes the perpetrators of the attack were foreigners who received help from inside the country.
“Indeed, there were foreigners, but at the same time, we have to recognize that they also have some help, internal help,” he said in an interview with CNN on Thursday.
The assassination of Haiti’s president on Wednesday shocked the international community, with many fearing that his death could further plunge the country into political instability.