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Two US citizens arrested in connection with killing of Haiti's president

Ned Price, Spokesman for the US Department of State
 
Two men believed to be US citizens have been arrested in connection with the assassination of Haiti's president Jovenel Moïse.
 
The Washington Post says Haiti's minister of elections and inter-party relations, Mathias Pierre, identified US citizen James Solages, who is described as being of Haitian descent, as one of the two survivors of a police shootout in the streets near the president's house.
 
He told the Post that at least one other detainee is also believed to be a Haitian American. 
 
Another four suspects were killed.
 
Haiti's police chief said they chased the attackers as they left the crime scene and had been battling them since they were cornered in a nearby house.
 
Three officers who had been held hostage were released after police surrounded and cleared the suspected hideout.
 
Mr. Moïse was shot dead and his wife seriously wounded in an attack on their home by a group of men early Wednesday morning.
 
At a media briefing Thursday afternoon, US Department of State spokesman Ned Price said he was not in a position to comment on the arrest of the Americans because "it's still early days" and he would "need to refer to Haitian authorities for any details." 
 
One of the attackers had reportedly yelled in an American accent that it was a DEA operation.
 
On Wednesday, Mr. Price denied the US had any involvement in the president's murder.
 
 


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