2 U.S. citizens arrested in Haitian president’s assassination

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Haiti is a country under siege as the manhunt for the killers of President Jovenel Moïse ramps up. More than a dozen suspects have been arrested in the last 24 hours, and at least seven others have been killed.

Two of those arrested are U.S. citizens from Florida, James Solages and Joseph Vincent.

Authorities are still trying to figure out why a hit squad of roughly two dozen men assassinated the president on Wednesday at his home. Moïse was shot 12 times in the head and body, while his wife was shot three times. Their daughter survived by hiding in a bedroom and managing to escape.

Suspects in the assassination of Haiti’s President Jovenel Moise sit on the floor handcuffed after being detained, at the General Direction of the police in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on Thursday, July 8, 2021. JEAN MARC HERVÉ ABÉLARD / AP

Former Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe has called for an international investigation into the assassination.

“What is going on? Because we do not understand the game on the ground. We do not know who the players are. We do not know what the purpose is,” said resident Magalie Noel Dresse. “We do not know what, how it’s going to influence the future of us now, here, today and my children, because what we are living today is going to be dictating the future of my children.” 

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