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Haitian police academy chief shot dead

According to police spokesman Garry Desrosiers, Harington Rigaud was shot in the head not far from the academy. His vehicle was stolen, and his driver was taken.

In the latest of a string of violent attacks in the violence-wracked Caribbean nation, the head of Haiti’s National Police Academy was shot dead on Friday in a gang-plagued area of the capital Port-au-Prince, officials said AFP.

According to police spokesman Garry Desrosiers, Harington Rigaud “was shot in the head not far from the academy.” His vehicle was stolen, and his driver was taken.

The assault happened in an area under the command of gang boss Vitelhomme Innocent, who is wanted in the United States for his kidnapping of 16 American missionaries in October of that year.

The US government has given a million dollars for information leading to his arrest.

Haiti’s security, economic, and health issues have been escalating for years. The country was already struggling with gang insurgency and a cholera epidemic before the killing of President Jovenel Moise in 2021.

According to the United Nations, over 100,000 individuals have abandoned their homes during the past year to avoid armed gangs’ violence.

The United Nations estimates that there are 13,000 police officers in Haiti. That’s just one officer for every 1,000 residents, which is not enough to combat the country’s gang problem.

Haiti requested international aid last month to help with the country’s security situation.

A decision has yet to be made, but UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has requested that the Security Council consider sending an international armed force to Haiti.

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