Haitian prime minister survived weekend assassination attempt, office says

Gunmen unsuccessfully attempted to assassinate Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry during an event commemorating the independence of the Caribbean country on Saturday, his office said in a statement.

Henry’s office said Monday that “bandits and terrorists” attempted to shoot the prime minister at a church in the northern city of Gonaïves, where the ceremony marking the 218th anniversary of the war was taking place. ‘independence.

Video footage posted on social media showed Henry and his entourage rushing to their vehicles as an armed group began shooting in front of Gonaïves Cathedral.

Local media said one person was killed and two others injured in the gunfire. The national police were not able to immediately confirm the victims.

The prime minister’s office said arrest warrants had been issued for the suspects who shot Henry’s convoy.

The attack rekindled concerns for the safety of officials in Haiti, which has been mired in political turmoil since the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse in July.

Henry, whose administration faces growing challenges to its legitimacy, was sworn in as prime minister just two weeks after Moise was murdered at the hands of suspected mercenaries. The country has yet to set a date to elect Moses’ successor.

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