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The Presidential Transitional Council outraged after the death of the three Delmas police officers

  • June 9, 2024
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In a press release published this Sunday, June 9, the Transitional Presidential Council expressed its indignation following the ambush in Delmas 18 which cost the lives of three (3) PNH agents who were part of the Anti-Tactical Unit -gang (UTAG).

The Transitional Presidential Council reacted after the news of the death of three police officers in Delmas 18. The CPT, which says it is outraged, “renews its firm determination to do everything possible to strengthen the operational capacity of the Haitian public force in order to to neutralize armed bands and thus promote the prevalence of a climate of peace and serenity throughout the national territory.

This determination to do everything possible to strengthen the capacity of law enforcement is difficult to be seen. So far, the presidential council has not yet made arrangements for the security of citizens. Haiti has been waiting for its government for more than a week, but negotiations are preventing the process from accelerating.

The three officers who tragically died were all members of the Tactical Anti-Gang Unit (UTAG), a specialized intervention group. The bodies of Fermetus Emelin, of the 30th promotion of the Haitian National Police, Clovis Peterson, of the 32nd promotion, Jean Junior Wilkens Piton of the 31st, have been identified.

The body of the last one was taken away by the bandits. SYNAPOHA also reports that a police officer was injured during the clashes.

The precise origin of the events remains unclear, but the incident broke out in the Delmas 18 area of ​​Sans Fil, where armed clashes between law enforcement and criminals have become commonplace.

This escalation of violence has forced thousands of families to abandon their homes, seeking refuge in shelters in Port-au-Prince.

These tragic losses come at a time when the Haitian police institution is already operating with reduced numbers, exacerbating the security challenges facing the country. Furthermore, this situation comes as Haiti awaits the arrival of the Multinational Security Support Mission (MMSS) led by Kenya, in the hope of bringing stability and security to the country.

By: Daniel Zéphyr

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Gazette Haiti