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Gunmen Who Killed Haitian President Claimed to Be From US Drug Enforcement Administration

© REUTERS / Valerie BaeriswylFILE PHOTO: Haiti's President Jovenel Moise speaks during an interview with Reuters at the National Palace of Port-au-Prince, Haiti January 11, 2020. REUTERS/Valerie Baeriswyl/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: Haiti's President Jovenel Moise speaks during an interview with Reuters at the National Palace of Port-au-Prince, Haiti January 11, 2020. REUTERS/Valerie Baeriswyl/File Photo - Sputnik International, 1920, 07.07.2021
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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The assailants who killed Haitian President Jovenel Moise at his private residence claimed to be with the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Miami Herald newspaper reported on Wednesday citing videos taken by people near the president's home.
The report said that in the video an American accent is heard yelling in English "DEA operation. Everybody stand down. DEA operation. Everybody back up, stand down."
However, a high-ranking Haitian government official told the Miami Herald the assailants were not DEA agents, but mercenaries, among whom one spoke with an American accent.
Sputnik reached out to the DEA for comment on the matter but did not receive an immediate response.
According to residents near the president's home, the report said, gunmen were seen dressed in black and firing high-powered rounds with precision. There are also reports that a grenade and drones were used as well during the operation.
The gunmen attacked Moise’s private residence overnight on Wednesday and assassinated him.
 
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