Government Reports Shootout Between Exile Terrorists and Police
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ A shoot-out between police and ″exile terrorists″ in a slum section of Haiti’s capital city seriously wounded one man, the government reported Thursday.
The government uses the term exile terrorists to refer to people who have left Haiti, lived for a period in the United States and returned to the island.
Authorities identified the wounded man as Lionel Laine, who formerly lived in Miami, and said he was hit in the exchange of gunfire Wednesday night.
Another man, Raymond Bernardin, was taken into custody in a police raid on a home in the southern edge of Port-au-Prince, authorities said.
The news release said exile Haitian terrorists were suspected to be in the home, which had been under surveillance for several days.
After shots were fired at police, soldiers were called in for support, the government said.
A witness said soldiers ″sprayed machine gun fire all over the place.″
Authorities did not say how many people were inside the house or how many police and soldiers were used in the raid.