A U.S. citizen is among those arrested for the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse

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  • A US citizen of Haitian descent was reportedly among those arrested in connection with the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse.
  • The Haitian-American was identified as James Solages by the Associated Press and The Washington Post.
  • Moïse was assassinated by a group of armed assailants who burst into his home at around 1 a.m. Wednesday.

A US citizen of Haitian descent has reportedly been arrested in connection with the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse.

The Haitian-American, identified as James Solages, is among the six people who have been nabbed for the early Wednesday killing of Moïse at his home, The Washington Post and the Associated Press reported Thursday.

The AP and Washington Post cited Mathias Pierre, Haiti’s minister of elections and inter-party relations.

Pierre told The Washington Post that at least one other person who was apprehended is also believed to be a Haitian-American.

Moïse, 53, was assassinated by a group of armed assailants who burst into his home at around 1 a.m. Wednesday.

Haitian first lady Martine Moïse was also critically injured in the attack. She was later flown to Miami, Florida for treatment for her gunshot wounds.

Haiti Jovenel Moise and wife Martine Moise
Jovenel Moïse and his wife Martine Moïse in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on November 28, 2016, after he won the country’s 2016 presidential election. Jeanty Junior Augustin/Reuters

Léon Charles, the director of Haiti’s National Police told reporters Thursday that a total of six suspects have been busted in connection to fatal ambush.

Authorities have said that four other suspects believed to be involved in the assassination were killed in a gun battle with police.

Haitian authorities were still looking for more assailants, Charles said Thursday, according to the Associated Press.

“The pursuit of the mercenaries continues,” Charles said Wednesday night. “Their fate is fixed: They will fall in the fighting or will be arrested.”

Pierre told The Washington Post that the nabbed suspects were being held at a police station in the capital and that an anrgy mob of people had surrounded it.

“The special units are trying to protect the police station, because the population is very mad and is trying to get to them, to burn them,” Pierre told the news outlet. “We’re trying to avoid that.”

The identities of the other suspects were not immediately released.

Haitian Communications Minister Pradel Henriquez has called them “foreigners,”according to The Washington Post.

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