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Haiti Prime Minister Survives Assassination Attempt, His Office Says

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Haiti Prime Minister Survives Assassination Attempt, His Office Says

PORT-AU-PRINCE — Gunmen unsuccessfully attempted to assassinate Prime Minister Ariel Henry of Haiti during an event on Saturday commemorating the Caribbean country’s independence, his office said in a statement on Monday night.

“Bandits and terrorists,” the statement said, had tried to shoot the prime minister at a church in the northern city of Gonaïves where the ceremony marking the 218th anniversary of independence was taking place.

Video footage broadcast on social media showed Mr. Henry and his entourage scrambling toward their vehicles as an armed group began shooting outside the cathedral in Gonaïves.

The police, who called Saturday’s attack the work of “armed groups,” were unable to immediately confirm casualties. Haitian media said the shooting killed one person and injured two more.

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