Four men alleged to have killed Haitian President Jovenel Moïse have been executed in a police shootout, security forces have said.
Another two suspects have been detained whereas some others are still at large in Port-au-Prince, Haiti’s capital.
“They will be killed or captured,” the head of police, Leon Charles said.
Early Wednesday morning, Moïse, 53, was shot dead and his wife wounded when unknown assailants stormed their private residence.
The head of state was allegedly shot by a string of bullets and his bedroom, office ransacked.
The First Lady, who is in a critical condition, is currently receiving treatment in Florida.”
Four mercenaries were killed [and] two were intercepted under our control,” Charles said in a televised statement on Wednesday night.
“Three policemen who had been taken hostage have been recovered…We blocked [the suspects] en route as they left the scene of the crime…Since then, we have been battling with them,” he added.
Making his address after the assassination, acting Prime Minister Claude Joseph asked residents to be calm and announced a nationwide state of emergency.
The state of emergency or siege gives a nod to dismissal of gatherings and prohibition of the usage of the military for police functions.
US President Joe Biden has sent his condolences to Haitians over the “horrific assassination”.