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An attack on Haiti's central bank was foiled, killing many of the attackers

An attack on Haiti's central bank was foiled, killing many of the attackers

(Port-au-Prince) An attack on Haiti's central bank in the capital Port-au-Prince was foiled and several attackers were killed, a source inside the establishment said on Tuesday.

The Bank of the Republic of Haiti (BRH) is one of the rare institutions that does not leave the city center where many armed gangs operate.

A group of “bandits” attacked its premises on Monday, said a source in BRH who wished to remain anonymous.

“Our security agents, together with the police and the army, foiled the attack. Three to four bandits were killed,” he said.

He said one of the BRH security officers was shot and injured.

The bank, for its part, said in X on Tuesday, “We are deeply grateful to our agents and the National Police for their vigilance and continued commitment to protecting our community.”

“I came across an incident near BRH campus yesterday […]The police and the company's security team acted professionally and competently,” he said.

The situation in Port-au-Prince remains “tense and volatile,” Farhan Haq, deputy spokesman for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, said on Tuesday. “Schools, hospitals and government buildings continue to be attacked,” he continued. Haiti's electricity company said on Sunday that power was cut in several neighborhoods after an attack on power poles.

Already experiencing a deep political and security crisis, Haiti has been in the grip of renewed violence since the beginning of the month, when several gangs joined forces to attack strategic locations in Port-au-Prince as part of the fight against Prime. Minister Ariel Henry.

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Very competitive, he could not return to his country after traveling to Kenya. He announced his resignation on March 11, saying his government would manage current affairs until a presidential transition committee was established.

Haitians have been waiting since the formation of these transitional authorities.

Antonio Guterres reiterated his call “to all Haitian stakeholders to put aside their differences and act immediately.”

On Monday, according to an AFP photographer, 14 bodies were found in an affluent suburb of Port-au-Prince, where gang members had carried out predawn attacks.