Jovenel Moise, the president of Haiti, has been shot dead in his home and his wife is in hospital with a gunshot wound, the country’s interim prime minister announced on Wednesday.
Claude Joseph, the interim prime minister of Haiti, confirmed the 53-year-old president’s death in a brief statement and said he was now in charge of the country. He described the killing as an “inhuman and barbaric act.”
According to the Juno 7 news website, Moise was assassinated in the middle of the night after a group of “unidentified Spanish-speaking individuals” broke into his private residence at around 1am on Wednesday.
Her condition is not immediately clear, but according to local reporters she may be taken abroad for medical treatment.
The attackers were “armed commandos” according to Haitian newspaper Le Nouvelliste.
He was “mortally wounded” and his wife, 47-year-old First Lady Martine Moise, is in hospital after being injured by a gunshot wound, Mr Joseph said.