Two journalists shot dead by gang in Haiti

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Two journalists in Haiti were killed Thursday by a gang operating on the outskirts of the capital Port-au-Prince, according to the radio station which employed one of the victims.

Wilguens Louissaint and Amady John Wesley were killed in a shootout, Radio Ecoute FM told AFP. A third journalist, who accompanied them at the time, was able to escape.

The killings come with gangs in Haiti having recently extended their reach beyond the poorest neighborhoods of Port-au-Prince.

The district of Laboule 12, where the three journalists reported on Thursday, is the subject of intense fighting between several armed bands who are trying to ensure control.

A road through the area is the only alternative to reach the southern half of the country outside of the main road, which has been controlled since June by one of Haiti’s most powerful gangs.

Six months ago, former President Jovenel Moise was assassinated in his private residence in Port-au-Prince, further plunging the political crisis in Haiti and worsening the security situation that residents face on a daily basis. .

Haiti recorded at least 950 kidnappings in 2021, according to the Center for Analysis and Research in Human Rights, based in Port-au-Prince.

Under-equipped and faced with criminal groups practically armed with an arsenal of war, Haitian police have not attempted to organize large-scale operations against gangs since March 2021.

(AFP)

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