Video Appears to Show Moments After Assassination of Haitian President

Wire Service
By Wire Service
July 8, 2021World News

A new video posted on social media appears to show security outside of Haitian President Jovenel Moise’s private residence moments after he was assassinated Wednesday.

In a video from the scene, some of the assailants can be heard speaking Spanish, and they also identify themselves as Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents.

In another audio clip, a person can be heard shouting, “DEA Operation, everybody stand down. DEA Operation, everybody back up, stand down.”

CNN cannot independently confirm the authenticity of the audio or the video. The U.S. State Department denies the attackers were DEA agents. A spokesman calls the claims absolutely false.

Authorities in Haiti said on Thursday the heavily armed commando unit that assassinated Moise comprised 26 Colombians and two Haitian Americans. The hunt went on for the masterminds of the brazen killing.

Police Chief Leon Charles revealed that 15 of the Colombians were captured, as were the Haitian Americans. Three of the assailants were killed and eight were still on the run, Charles said.

Colombian Defense Minister Diego Molano said initial findings indicated that Colombians suspected of taking part in the assassination were retired members of his country’s armed forces, and pledged to support the investigations in Haiti.

A State Department spokesman could not confirm if any U.S. citizens were among those detained, but U.S. authorities were in contact with Haitian officials, including investigators, to discuss how the United States could assist.

The CNN Wire and Reuters contributed to this report

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