Haiti’s Prime Minister Ariel Henry Flees Shootout Between His Security Team, Armed Group

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Henry was not injured and managed to escape the city, but he was not able to make a speech that was planned for later that day.

Lundi 3 janvier 2022 ((rezonodwes.com))–

On the 218th anniversary of Haiti’s independence, Prime Minister Ariel Henry had to flee a cathedral in the Haitian city of Gonaïves after an assassination attempt.

Local media reported that the shootout between an armed group and Henry’s security took place on Saturday, as Haitians celebrated the new year. One died and two others were injured in the sudden burst of violence.

The prime minister had been attending mass at Saint-Charles-de-Boromé cathedral in Gonaïves to celebrate Haiti’s Independence Day. The gunfire began as Henry and his entourage were leaving the building.

Henry was not injured and managed to escape the city, but he was not able to make a speech that was planned for later that day. A Haitian National Police spokesperson told the Associated Press the area has been secured as of Monday.

According to The Gleaner, a Jamaican newspaper, prior to the mass, one of the armed gangs controlling the area warned Henry not to come to Gonaïves.

Haiti’s Prime Minister Ariel Henry Flees Shootout Between His Security Team, Armed Group (newsweek.com)

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