Photos show grim aftermath of assassination of Haiti’s President Jovenel Moïse

A bullet-riddled SUV and shell casings on the ground marked the aftermath of the Wednesday morning assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse, grim photos from the scene show.

Moïse, 53, was shot dead and first lady Martine Moïse wounded when a team of unidentified gunmen reportedly claiming to be agents of the US Drug Enforcement Administration stormed their Port-au-Prince compound around 1 a.m. local time.

A view of a damaged car after an attack at the residence of Haiti's President Jovenel Moise in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on July 07, 2021. Jovenel Moise was assassinated at his residence while the first lady was injured early Wednesday, according to Haitiâs interim prime minister.
A white SUV was pockmarked on its passenger side with apparent bullet holes.
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Security forces inspect at the site after an attack at the residence of Haiti's President Jovenel Moise in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on July 07, 2021. Jovenel Moise was assassinated at his residence while the first lady was injured early Wednesday, according to Haitiâs interim prime minister.
The assassination came just two months ahead of an election for a new president and parliament.
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Hours later, photos published by Turkey’s Anadolu Agency news outlet captured the scene outside the home where Moïse was gunned down.

A white SUV was pockmarked on its passenger side with apparent bullet holes, its rear passenger window partially blown out, one photo shows.

Another shot shows two spent shells lying on the ground on the street outside Moïse’s residence.

Interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph, who has assumed control of the impoverished Caribbean nation for the time being, said at least some of the unapprehended assailants were speaking Spanish, while sources told the Miami Herald that one of the assassins spoke English with an American accent.

The primary languages in Haiti are French and Haitian Creole.

The source, a high-ranking Haitian government official, told the Herald that the assassins were “mercenaries” unaffiliated with the DEA.

Members of the Haitian police and forensics patrol the area as they look for evidence outside of the  presidential residence on July 7, 2021 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. - Haiti President Jovenel Moise was assassinated and his wife wounded early July 7, 2021 in an attack at their home, the interim prime minister announced, an act that risks further destabilizing the Caribbean nation beset by gang violence and political volatility. Claude Joseph said he was now in charge of the country and urged the public to remain calm, while insisting the police and army would ensure the population's safety.The capital Port-au-prince as quiet on Wednesday morning with no extra security forces on patrol, witnesses reported.
Moïse, who had ruled since 2017, had faced mounting opposition criticism, including claims that he was supposed to step down in February 2021.
Valerie Baeriswyl/AFP/Getty Images
Members of the Haitian police and forensics look for evidence outside of the  presidential residence on July 7, 2021 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. - Haiti President Jovenel Moise was assassinated and his wife wounded early July 7, 2021 in an attack at their home, the interim prime minister announced, an act that risks further destabilizing the Caribbean nation beset by gang violence and political volatility. Claude Joseph said he was now in charge of the country and urged the public to remain calm, while insisting the police and army would ensure the population's safety.The capital Port-au-prince as quiet on Wednesday morning with no extra security forces on patrol, witnesses reported.
A bullet-riddled SUV and shell casings on the ground marked the aftermath of the Wednesday morning assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse.
Valerie Baeriswyl/AFP/Getty Images

The assassination, which came just two months ahead of an election for a new president and parliament, threatens to plunge Haiti into further chaos as it struggles with ongoing political instability, poverty and gang violence, as well as the COVID-19 pandemic.

Moïse, who had ruled since 2017, had faced mounting opposition criticism, including claims that he was supposed to step down in February 2021.

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