Henry’s office said on Monday that
“bandits and terrorists” had tried to shoot the prime minister at a
church in the northern city of Gonaives where the ceremony marking the 218th
anniversary of independence was taking place.
Video footage broadcast on social media showed
Henry and his entourage scrambling toward their vehicles as an armed group
began shooting outside the cathedral in Gonaives.
Local media said one person was killed and two
were injured in the gunfire. National police were unable to immediately confirm
The prime minister’s office said arrest
warrants had been issued for the suspects who fired on Henry’s convoy.
The attack has renewed concerns about the
safety of officials in Haiti, which has been mired in political turmoil since
the assassination of President Jovenel Moise in July.
Henry, whose administration is facing mounting
challenges to its legitimacy, was sworn in as prime minister barely two weeks
after Moise’s killing at the hands of suspected mercenaries. The country has
yet to set a date to elect Moise’s successor.