Haitian police: 26 of 28 mercenaries in president’s murder are Colombian, 2 are Haitian American

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Varios detenidos por el asesinato del presidente haitiano Jovenel Mose son presentados a los reporteros junto con las armas y equipo que supuestamente utilizaron en el ataque, durante una conferencia de prensa el jueves 8 de julio de 2021 en la Direccin General de Polica, en Puerto Prncipe, Hait. (AP Foto/Joseph Odelyn)

MIAMI – As the investigation into the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse continued, Haitian authorities announced Thursday there were 28 suspects.

There were 17 detained, three were killed during a shootout, and eight fled, according to Haitian officials.

Diego Molano, Colombia’s defense minister, told reporters the suspects identified in Haiti are retired members of the Colombian military. Léon Charles, chief of Haiti’s National Police, told reporters 15 of the 17 suspects detained were born in Colombia.

People look into the window of a police car carrying the bodies of two people killed in a shooting with police in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, July 8, 2021. According to Police Chief Leon Charles, the two dead are suspects in the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Mose. (AP Photo/Joseph Odelyn) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

Molano said Colombian authorities are cooperating with The International Criminal Police Organization, or Interpol. Charles described the suspects as mercenaries.

Mathias Pierre, Haiti’s minister of elections, said the other two detained are Haitian-Americans, and one of them is James Solages. The Miami Herald identified the other as Joseph Vincent.

A video released by Haiti’s National Police Thursday evening showed 15 men in handcuffs sitting on the floor against the wall. Solages and another man are the only ones who are wearing white T-shirts.

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A member of security forces cordons off access to the residence of Haitian President Jovenel Moise, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Wednesday, July 7, 2021. Gunmen assassinated Moise and wounded his wife in their home early Wednesday. (AP Photo/Joseph Odelyn) (Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

ABC News and The Associated Press contributed to this report from Port-au-Prince.

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