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Five police officers were injured in a failed attack on the National Palace in Haiti

Five police officers were injured in a failed attack on the National Palace in Haiti

Port-au-Prince (EFE).- At least five police officers were injured, one of them seriously, after a failed attempt by a powerful Haitian armed gang to assault the National Palace in Port-au-Prince.

The Haitian National Police (PNH) today managed to contain the attack targeting the symbol of political power in the country, an act witnessed by EFE committed by the armed guerrilla alliance “Vivre Ensemble” (Living Together), led by former police officer Jimmy Scherizer. Also known as barbecue.

The units charged with the security of the National Palace supported the police to repel the attack, which occurred amid great tension in the main public square of the Haitian capital, Champs de Mars, where the building is located, with people. They run in all directions to escape the gunfire.

Many people leave the Champs de Mars area, very close to the National Palace, in Port-au-Prince (Haiti). Effie/Johnson Sabin

The attackers also set fire to a police armored vehicle that crashed in the vicinity of the National Palace.

Local media reported that one of the five injured police officers was hit by a stray bullet while he was in the courtyard of the National Palace at the time of the exchange of fire with the attackers.

The National Palace is a target for gangs

On March 8, Barbacio's men actually tried to storm the National Palace, but to no avail. A number of gang members were killed in that attack.

Also in the P├ętion-Ville sector, in the hills of Port-au-Prince, four bodies appeared Monday, riddled with apparent gunshot wounds.

This is a new escalation of tension, as part of the escalation of violence that Haiti has witnessed since the end of last February, with attacks launched by gangs on institutions, companies, private property, and prisons, and the resulting escape of about 3,600 prisoners, many of whom are members and leaders of armed groups.

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Meanwhile, Haiti awaits the implementation of the Transitional Presidential Council, which must elect a prime minister and pave the way for presidential elections.

When this institution is established, Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry, who is outside the country, will leave power, as he himself announced in the early hours of March 12.