Gunmen unsuccessfully attempted to assassinate Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry during an event on Saturday commemorating the Caribbean country’s independence, his office said in a statement.
Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry told AFP in an interview Monday that he was targeted in an assassination attempt during weekend national day celebrations.
Prime Minister Ariel Henry was the target of an unsuccessful attempt on his life over the weekend by gunmen in the northern city of Gonaïves, his office said Monday night.
The office of Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry said in a statement on January 3 that would-be assassins tried and failed to kill Henry at an event commemorating independence on January 1.
Henry was unable to deliver a speech as planned due to gunfire. “An attempt has been made against me personally. My life has been put in the crosshairs,” Henry told AFP. His office accused “bandits and terrorists” of attempting an assassination.
The gunfire caused Henry to duck and cover while exiting Saint-Charles-de-Borome Cathedral in the northern city of Gonaives following mass on January 1 marking the 218th anniversary of Haiti’s independence from former colonial power France. Local media reported one person was shot to death and two others were injured.
Haiti’s national police did not confirm the figures. Henry’s office said warrants for the arrest of suspects responsible for the incident are outstanding.
Clashes between police and armed groups erupted on Saturday during official celebrations in the city of Gonaives, some 150 kilometers (90 miles) north of the capital Port-au-Prince, where Haiti’s declaration of independence was signed over 200 years ago.
Henry was appointed soon after the assassination of the late President Jovenel Moise last July. Moise was killed by mercenaries in his residence. Haiti has been wracked by instability since Moise’s assassination. The U.S. and Canada have both urged their citizens to leave Haiti.