Gangs kill former Haitian senator amid spike in violence

The prime minister on Sunday killed a former Haitian senator who led a government housing program in an affluent area of ​​Port-au-Prince, amid a surge in violence by criminal gangs in the Caribbean nation’s capital.

Yvonne Bussereth was shot dead as police battled gangs in the Laboule neighborhood after an outbreak of violence in Port-au-Prince in recent weeks and 148 people missing, injured or missing in the town of Cite Soleil.

Prime Minister Ariel Henry wrote on Twitter, “His killers, as well as all other criminals who mourn the country, will be fully prosecuted and answer for their despicable actions in court.”

Buisreth has served as a senator since 2006 and in 2017 was appointed head of a public company for social housing, known as EPPLS.

The agency focuses on low-income housing and over the years has partnered with foreign organizations such as the World Bank and the US Agency for International Development.

Haitian gangs fought intense gun battles in Port-au-Prince in late July, shutting down main thoroughfares and the municipal market downtown.

Earlier last month, gun battles between rival Haitian gangs near Port-au-Prince left thousands stranded in the small coastal town of Site Soleil without access to water, food or medical care.

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