Haiti’s President Jovenel Moïse has been killed in an attack on his home in the nation’s capital, according to the country’s interim prime minister, the BBC reports.
Claude Joseph said the president’s home in Port-au-Prince was stormed by unidentified armed men at 01:00 local time (05:00 GMT).
First Lady Martine Moïse was also injured in the attack.
Mr Joseph said that “all measures had been taken to guarantee the continuity of the state”.
He has now taken control of the impoverished Caribbean nation, and has urged the public to remain calm.
He called the shooting of the president a “heinous, inhuman and barbaric act”.
Jovenel Moïse, 53, had been in power since February 2017, after his predecessor Michel Martelly stepped down.