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Haiti president assassinated in attack at private residence

Haitian president Jovenel Moise has been assassinated when a group of unidentified people attacked his private residence.

Mr Moise’s widow, first lady Martine Moise, is in hospital, interim premier Claude Joseph said.

Mr Joseph condemned what he called a ‘hateful, inhumane and barbaric act’, adding that Haiti’s National Police and other authorities had the situation in the Caribbean country under control.

The killing late on Tuesday comes amid deepening political and economic instability and a spike in gang violence.

The nation of more than 11 million people had grown increasingly unstable and disgruntled under Mr Moise’s rule.

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