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BREAKING: President of Haiti assassinated and wife injured

Jovenel Moise has been assassinated, interim prime minister says (EPA)

The president of Haiti has been killed in an attack at his home and his wife has been injured, an official has said.

The interim prime minister said Jovenel Moise had died in an assassination at his private home in the Caribbean country.

He said the first lady, Martine Moise, has been taken to hospital.

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Dr Claude Joseph, the interim prime minister, said on Wednesday the attack was carried out by a group of unidentified people during the night.

It comes amid deepening political and economic stability and a spike in gang violence in Haiti.

In a statement, Dr Joseph said the group attacked the private residence of the president around 1am on Wednesday.

Mr Moise was killed, while his wife was injured by a bullet.

Dr Joseph said he condemned “this hateful, inhumane and barbaric” act.

AFP

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