Haiti's President and First Lady assassinated at home by "Spanish-speaking" gunmen-UPDATED

# 07 July 2021 16:54 (UTC +04:00)

Haiti's President Jovenel Moïse has been killed in an attack on his home in the nation's capital, according to the country's interim prime minister, APA reports citing Sputnik.

"At about 1 a.m. overnight into Wednesday... a group of unknown individuals, some of whom spoke Spanish, attacked the president's private residence and lethally wounded the head of state", Claude Joseph said in a statement.

The assailants also injured First Lady Martine Marie Etienne Joseph. She was hospitalised in serious condition and later succumbed to her wounds.

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The serving president of Haiti was killed at his home early Wednesday morning, the government has confirmed, APA reports citing DW.

Jovonel Moïse was killed in his private residence around 1 a.m. local time Wednesday by a group of assailants, Haitian Prime Minister Claude Joseph said in a Wednesday statement.

The statement did not identify the assailants, but said they were Spanish-speaking.

The first lady was also injured by gunshot in the attack, the statement said.