THIS is the shocking moment gunmen reportedly posing as DEA agents stormed the President of Haiti's home before he was shot dead in front of his terrified wife.
Dramatic footage shows a series of cars rolling towards Jovenel Moïse's house as other armed gang members followed on foot just moments before he was gunned down in what has been branded a"hateful, inhumane and barbaric act".
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The First Lady, Martine Moïse, is fighting for her life after being seriously injured in the attack.
The 47-year-old has since been flown to another country for treatment, Haiti's embassy in the Dominican Republic said.
CCTV footage has now surfaced showing at least three cars slowly driving toward's the President's home, flanked by gunmen.
Four people – reportedly mercenaries – can then be seen moving in formation following the cars while brandishing weapons.
Residents of the neighbourhood reported hearing massive gunfire and seeing men dressed in black running through the streets last night.
The gunmen claimed to be agents with the US Drug Enforcement Administration.
In another video, filmed by a resident of the Port-au-Prince neighbourhood, a man with an American accent is heard shouting in English through a megaphone, "DEA operation. Everybody stand down. DEA operation. Everybody back up, stand down.”
But sources told the Miami Herald that the group, one of whom spoke with an American accent, were not with the agency.
One high-ranking Haitian government official told the paper "these were mercenaries".
The President's death will likely throw the country into further chaos as the country becomes more politically polarised and with 59 percent of the population living below the poverty line.
In recent years, the small Caribbean country has been plagued by natural disasters and cycles of violence and economic turmoil.
The Prime Minister of Haiti confirmed the attack and said that a group stormed the private residence of President Jovenel Moïse and shot him dead.
It has been reported that the president was killed at his home in the capital of Port-au-Prince at 1am.
Prime Minister Claude Joseph's statement said: “A group of individuals who have not been identified, some of whom were speaking Spanish, attacked the private residence of the President of the Republic and fatally injured the Head of State."
The president was 53 years old.
Mr Joseph condemned what he called a "hateful, inhumane and barbaric act", adding that Haiti's National Police had the situation under control.
Videos captured by people living in the same neighbourhood as the President suggested that the group claimed to be DEA agents.
In February, opposition politicians nominated their own president in an effort to drive out Moise whose five-year term had expired.
Joseph Mécène Jean-Louis, 72, a judge, said that he accepted the nomination.
Moïse insisted his term in office ended in February 2022 – a claim accepted by the United States.
In a statement today, the U.S Embassy in Haiti said that it would be closed to due to an "ongoing security situation".
President Joe Biden will be briefed on the "tragic attack", the White House press secretary Jen Psaki said.
Boris Johnson said the assassination of Mr Moïse was an "abhorrent act" and appealed for calm in the country.
Streets were empty this morning after Haitians woke up to the news of the death of their President.
The country's main airport was closed except for humanitarian and dipliomatic flights, the airport's director general said.
On February 7, the day his presidential term was supposed to end, Mr Moïse claimed that a coup had been foiled to overthrow his government and kill him.
A total of 23 people were arrested including a senior police officer.
"I thank my head of security at the palace," he said at the time.
"The goal of these people was to make an attempt on my life. That plan was aborted."
During his time in office, Mr Moïse was accused of corruption and was faced with waves of anti-government protests.
Demonstrations took place and there were clashes with police but residents of the capital, largely stayed at home.
In June, gangs raided multiple police stations in Port-au-Prince as violence between armed groups flared which forced thousands to flee.
Attackers raided six police stations and killed three officers burning their bodies in one attack, local media reported.
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