The Haitian police arrested two US residents on Thursday in connection to the continued investigation into the assassination of President Jovenel Moise by unidentified gunmen at his residence a day earlier than. According to a report by the Associated Press, one of many arrested males was a former bodyguard on the Canadian embassy in Haitian capital Port au Prince.

Hours after the arrest of Americans, Taiwan officers additionally stated that 11 suspects have been detained from its embassy grounds. The police launched an operation round 4pm (Thursday) and efficiently arrested 11 suspects,” Taiwan’s embassy said, adding it had agreed to a police request to search the grounds “with out hesitation”. Others are reported to be of Colombian origin.

“We have arrested 15 Colombians and the 2 Americans of Haitian origin. Three Colombians have been killed whereas eight others are on the run,” national police director general Leon Charles said at a news conference.

The police have also recovered “weapons and supplies utilized by the assailants,” Charles said, adding, “We will strengthen our investigation and search methods to intercept the opposite eight mercenaries,” he additionally stated.

President Moise and his spouse Martine have been attacked by gunmen at their personal residence within the capital Port-au-Prince on Wednesday. During the assault, Moise was shot lifeless, whereas his spouse sustained accidents. She is at present being handled at a hospital within the United States’ Miami and is reported to be in a steady situation.

The killing of Moise has pushed Haiti, an economically-backward nation within the Americas, right into a political disaster. It now has no president or working parliament, whereas two males — Ariel Henry, Claude Joseph — are claiming to be in cost as prime minister.

Officials haven’t given a motive for the killing to this point. Since he took workplace in 2017, Moise had confronted mass protests towards his rule – first over corruption allegations and his administration of the economic system, then over his rising grip on energy.

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