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Haiti - FLASH : 18 police officers victims of armed gangs in 16 days
27/01/2023 10:01:14

Haiti - FLASH : 18 police officers victims of armed gangs in 16 days
Since the beginning of 2023, the deterioration of the general security situation in the country has been of concern for the National Network for the Defense of Human Rights (RNDDH).

Between January 10 and 26, 2023, 18 police officers were victims of acts that took their lives. The agents of the National Police of Haiti (PNH), seem to constitute a privileged target of the armed bandits.

Among them, 14 police officers were killed, 2 others wounded by bullets and 2 others are missing.

List of victims :
On January 10, 2023, in Carrefour-Feuilles, two (2) police officers were murdered. They are Dempsey DENIS (27th promotion) and Jean Daddy PREVILUS (31st promotion) -including-2-policemen-and-several-wounded.html

On January 17, 2023, at the Bicentenaire, a police patrol came under armed attack. The police officer Dudley LAFOND (25th promotion) was assassinated. Another policeman, Jonathan JOLICOEUR (27th promotion), was wounded by bullets during this attack. It should be noted that he received twelve projectiles and only had his life saved by a miracle... https://www.icihaiti.com/en/news-38645-icihaiti-pnh-attack-on-a-patrol-car-1-policeman-killed-another-injured.html

On January 17, 2023, Jean Gardy JOSEPH was captured by armed bandits and until today no news on his person has been communicated.

On January 20, 2023, in Métivier, in the commune of Pétion-ville, five (5) police officers were ambushed. Three (3) of them were murdered. They are Gérald Occinal (30th promotion), Duckens CEJUSTE (24th promotion) and Luc ELIEZER (20th promotion). One (1) other polie ier emerged injured from this attack. This is Pascal GUILLAUME (31st promotion). For his part, Wiclern STANICLAS is missing

On January 25, 2023, in Liancourt, in the Artibonite department, 6 PNH agents assigned to the Departmental Unit for the Maintenance of Order (UDMO - Artibonite) were killed by armed bandits during attacks against the police station of Liancourt (zone of Moreau, Commune of Bas Artibonite) https://www.icihaiti.com/en/news-38701-icihaiti-insecurity-6-police-officers-killed-in-clashes-with-the-gran-grif-gang.html They are Kether LOUIS, Mackès BADIN, Donaldson INNOCENT, Norabert AURELUS, James Junior FELIX and Camille PIERRE. A 7th policeman, Osny MESADIEU, shot during the attacks died in hospital.

On January 26, 2023, a police officer was killed in Delmas 52. The circumstances surrounding his assassination are not yet known.

Whether they belong to the administrative police or whether they are part of the specialized units of the PNH, whether they are simple agents or senior officials, whether they are based in Port-au-Prince or in any other city of the country : nothing spares the lives of the country's police officers. Those who are based in the various municipalities of the West department are the most exposed.

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