u.s citizens among those arrested in connection to haitian president assassination.

Suspects in connection to Haitian President  assassination [photo courtesy]>

Suspects in connection to Haitian President assassination [photo courtesy]

by Beatrice Ambasa July 9, 2021

Haitian officials say 15 people have been arrested, and four were killed following the early morning assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse. At least one of those detained — possibly two — are U.S. citizens.

Reports have it that Haitian American James Solages was among six people arrested in the brazen killing of Moïse by gunmen at his home in the pre-dawn hours on Wednesday.

Thursday night, Haiti's national police said authorities were looking for nine people connected with the assassination.

Police also said that four people were killed in an exchange of gunfire with police and that automatic weapons were seized. Police had earlier said that seven suspects had been killed.

Police late Thursday said that of the 15 arrested, 13 were Colombians.

Haiti's government has blamed mercenaries for the attack.

Moïse was killed early Wednesday in what the country's acting prime minister, Claude Joseph, described as a "hateful, inhumane and barbaric act."

Joseph said a group of "highly trained and heavily armed" people attacked Moïse's residence around 1 a.m., shooting the president and his wife.

First lady Martine Moïse was flown to Florida and received medical attention in Miami, Haiti's ambassador to the United States said.