According to sources close to her, Martine Moïse is reportedly in stable but critical condition after being shot in her arms and buttocks in the overnight attack at her private residence in Pelerin 5, according to Haitian ambassador in Washington Bocchit Edmond.
The attackers (allegedly an armed group formed by foreign forces) stormed the house at about 1 a.m. and fatally wounded the head of state, according to the acting Prime Minister Claude Joseph.
Local authorities have not yet identified those responsible, but assured in a press conference that the people involved in the shooting spoke ‘English and Spanish.’
Claude Joseph decreed a state of siege and national mourning from tomorrow through July 22, in which flag will be raised at half-mast, and local radio and TV programs will change.
The provision will enable authorities to roll out searches at any person´s home, ban meetings and to take special security measures, when situation requires it.
In areas of the capital such as Petion Ville, a security system commando was deployed, and access to Kenscoff and Montagne Noire routes, near the presidential residence, is restricted.
pgh/Pll/oda / ane