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Haiti: 15 killed in Haiti’s capital amid spike in violence

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A shooting rampage down a main street running through a neighborhood in Haiti’s capital killed at least 15 people, including a journalist and a political activist, national Police Chief Leon Charles said Wednesday.

He said the attack late Tuesday was still under investigation and gave no details on whether it was staged by a single person or multiple shooters. Bodies were found scattered on sidewalks along a main road in Delmas 32, which is a bustling community within Port-au-Prince.

Charles said the shootings occurred just hours after a spokesman for a group of disgruntled police officers known as Fantom 509 was slain in that same area. He blamed allies of Fantom 509 for the mass killing but did not provide any evidence.

“The institution cannot tolerate these acts of reprisal in any form,” said Charles, who heads Haiti’s National Police.

Members of Fantom 509 could not be immediately reached for comment.

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