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8 September 2004

Source: Radio Metropole, Port-au-Prince, in French 1145 gmt 8 Sep 04

[Announcer] Two demobilized soldiers were gunned down last night during a confrontation with the Intervention and Maintenance of Order Company [CIMO] in the Musseau neighbourhood [near the Office of the Prime Minister]. One CIMO officer was injured by gunshots in the incident. The circumstances of the incident are still not very clear but, according to the Haitian National Police [PNH], the former soldiers did not want to stop while the CIMO officers were searching vehicles.

Apparently, the two former soldiers opened fire on the police, who then returned fire, the PNH said. Unfortunately, it is not possible for us to confirm this information at present. Anyway, the death toll is two killed and one injured.

At the crime scene, we were able to see the body of a man in camouflage clothing lying in his blood with an M-16 gun nearby. The other soldier, identified as Philippe Franck, was killed behind the wheel of his vehicle. We could see the windscreen of the PNH vehicle damaged by gunshots. The two former soldiers were riding in a vehicle with FAd’H [Armed Forces of Haiti] written on the windscreen.

Officials from the UN peacekeeping force [Minustah] and the PNH who arrived at the crime scene did not wish to make any statement to the press. Vehicles were not allowed to go through the Musseau intersection for several hours. The PNH have seized three weapons, an M-16, a 9-mm gun and a 38-calibre revolver, as well as the vehicle that the two victims were in. We should point out that the commander-in-chief of the demobilized armed forces has not said anything yet about this incident.


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