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Haiti’s First Lady Martine Moise describes watching gunmen shoot The President dead

Haiti’s First Lady Martine Moise said gunmen were ‘looking for something’ in their bedroom before shooting her husband dead. 

Mrs Moise appeared in her first TV interview since the attack and asked why not a single security guard who was protecting the home was injured. 

After the attack, when she was finally let out of the house by police, Mrs Moise noticed that there were no security guards outside and came to the conclusion they had either ‘let the attackers in’ or ‘abandoned their posts’.  

Haiti’s First Lady Martine Moise said gunmen were ‘looking for something’ in their bedroom before shooting her husband dead

The President of Haiti Jovenel Moise was assassinated by gunmen in a night-time raid that also left Mrs Moise seriously injured. 

Mr and Mrs Moise were asleep in their bed in their home on the hills of Port-au-Prince on July 7 when deafening gunshots rang out and woke them up in a state of panic. 

Mrs Moise and her husband hid in the bedroom when the door burst open and the attackers ‘ransacked the room’, after Mrs Moise was hit with a bullet. 

The President of Haiti Jovenel Moise was assassinated by gunmen in a night-time raid that also left Mrs Moise seriously injured

The President of Haiti Jovenel Moise was assassinated by gunmen in a night-time raid that also left Mrs Moise seriously injured

Mrs Moise appeared in her first TV interview since the attack and asked why not a single security guard who was protecting the home was injured. (Pictured: People look into a police car s the crowd surrounds the Petionville Police Station where armed men were accused of being involve in the assassination of the president were taken)

Mrs Moise appeared in her first TV interview since the attack and asked why not a single security guard who was protecting the home was injured. (Pictured: People look into a police car s the crowd surrounds the Petionville Police Station where armed men were accused of being involve in the assassination of the president were taken)

Talking on CNN, Mrs Moise said: ‘They came to find something because I heard them saying “that’s not it, that’s not it, there it is”, which means they found what they were looking for.’ 

She added that she does not know what they found, but after finding the item the attacker approached her husband and called someone.  

The attackers described President Jovenel, who at this time was unhurt and alive, and said that he was ‘tall, skinny and black’. 

First Lady Mrs Moise said: ‘Maybe the person on the phone confirmed to the shooter that was him and they shot him on the floor.’ 

Talking on CNN, Mrs Moise said: 'They came to find something because I heard them saying "that's not it, that's not it, there it is", which means they found what they were looking for'

Talking on CNN, Mrs Moise said: ‘They came to find something because I heard them saying “that’s not it, that’s not it, there it is”, which means they found what they were looking for’

Martine Moïse, 47, (right) was laying on the floor of her bedroom as her husband Haitian President Jovenel Moïse, 47, was shot dead next to her. Her daughter Jomarlie Moise (right) was also home at the time of the attack.

Martine Moïse, 47, (right) was laying on the floor of her bedroom as her husband Haitian President Jovenel Moïse, 47, was shot dead next to her. Her daughter Jomarlie Moise (right) was also home at the time of the attack. 

She believes the attackers thought she was dead too when they left.  

Usually, there are dozens of security guards on hand to protect the President but the First Lady said they were ‘nowhere to be found’ after the incident, coming to the conclusion that they ‘let the attackers in’ or ‘abandoned their post’. 

She said: ‘There is no other explanation. You’re there to protect the president and the president is dead and you’re nowhere to be found.’  

Mrs Moise was amazed that no security guards were injured after the attack and thinks that it’s part of a much larger conspiracy.   

The former First Lady was shot and seriously injured before her husband was fatally shot

The former First Lady was shot and seriously injured before her husband was fatally shot 

In the attack on July 7, Mrs Moise ran to wake up her two adult children instructing them to hide in the bathroom — the only room with no windows — with the family dog. 

President Moise called his head of security and told his wife to lie down on the floor. ‘That’s where I think you will be safe,’ she remembers him saying. It turned out to be the last thing he would say to his wife of 25 years. 

Moments later the group of assassins broke into the presidential bedroom and opened fire. Gun shots hit Martine first, in the hand and elbow, as she lay on the floor as instructed. 

Her elbow was shattered by a gunshot and her mouth filled with blood as she lay on the floor as the group of assassins charged into her bedroom.  

Suspects in the assassination of President Jovenel are shown to the media in Port-au-Prince on July 8

Suspects in the assassination of President Jovenel are shown to the media in Port-au-Prince on July 8

Suspects accused of playing a role in the assassination of the president sit up against a white wall with a group of weapons lined up in front of them

Suspects accused of playing a role in the assassination of the president sit up against a white wall with a group of weapons lined up in front of them

Haitian President Jovenel Moïse, left, and Haitian First Lady Martine Moïse are seen at the National Palace in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on May 23, 2018

Haitian President Jovenel Moïse, left, and Haitian First Lady Martine Moïse are seen at the National Palace in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on May 23, 2018

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