Haiti prime minister survives assassination attempt

World Tuesday 04/January/2022 18:24 PM
By: DW
Haiti prime minister survives assassination attempt

The office of Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry said in a statement Monday that would-be assassins tried and failed to kill Henry at an event commemorating independence Saturday.

Henry was unable to deliver a speech as planned due to gunfire.

"An attempt has been made against me personally. My life has been put in the crosshairs," Henry told AFP.

His office accused "bandits and terrorists" of attempting an assassination.

What happened in the shooting?

The gunfire caused Henry to duck and cover while exiting Saint-Charles-de-Borome Cathedral in the northern city of Gonaives following mass Saturday marking the 218th anniversary of Haiti's independence from former colonial power France.

Local media reported one person was shot to death and two others were injured.

Haiti's national police did not confirm the figures.

Henry's office said warrants for the arrest of suspects responsible for the incident are outstanding.

Who is Ariel Henry?

Henry was appointed soon after the assassination of the late President Jovenel Moise last July. Moise was killed by mercenaries in his residence.

Haiti has been wracked by instability since Moise's assassination.

The US and Canada have both urged their citizens to leave Haiti.