Air France executive gunned down in Haiti

25th June 2004, Comments 0 comments

PORT-AU-PRINCE, June 24 (AFP) - The top Air France executive in Haiti, Didier Mortet, was shot dead late Thursday by three unknown gunmen as he headed home from the international airport here, the French embassy told AFP.

PORT-AU-PRINCE, June 24 (AFP) - The top Air France executive in Haiti, Didier Mortet, was shot dead late Thursday by three unknown gunmen as he headed home from the international airport here, the French embassy told AFP.

Haiti's National Police immediately sealed off the area were the Air France executive was killed.

Mortet, who had just arrived from France, was sitting in his chauffeur-driven car with his Ukranian-born wife when he was gunned down by three men on a motorcycle as he approached his home in the residential district of Musseau, where the Haitian prime minister also lives.

He took two bullets, one to the arm and a fatal one to the heart. Neither his wife or his chauffeur were injured in the attack, which took place at around 6:30 pm (2230 GMT).

The assailants fled on their motorcycle after the attack, which has not been claimed by any group so far.

National Police Chief Leon Charles and the head of Haiti's judicial police Michael Lucius both visited the site of the attack, along with French Embassy officials.   

Violence in Haiti has eased since an armed uprising forced former President Jean Bertrand Aristide into exile on February 29, and security is largely insured by UN peacekeepers as an interim government seeks to steer the country to elections.

© AFP

 

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