Swedish tourist killed by gunmen in Haiti capital
28 June 2016, 16:28
Port-au-Prince – A Swedish tourist was fatally shot while walking
with his girlfriend in a major commercial district amid what authorities are
describing as a rise in violent incidents in Haiti's capital.
On Monday, Sweden's honorary consul general in Haiti, Gregoire
Fouchard, identified the man as Johan Noren. The vacationer was shot in the
chest on Saturday evening during an apparent robbery on a well-travelled street
Noren's Swedish girlfriend was "beaten badly" by the
gun-wielding assailants but is recovering, Fouchard said.
The Swedish couple had missed a bus and were walking back to a
hotel they had just checked out of when they were attacked, Fouchard said.
Their hometowns in Sweden were not released.
Police had not made any arrests in the incident.
Haitian National Police spokesperson Frantz Lerebours said police
planned to hold a news conference on Tuesday to discuss what Haiti's Chamber of
Commerce has called an "alarming" rise in violent acts creating a
"climate of fear and panic."
Late last week, gunmen shot at a number of prominent businesses in
Port-au-Prince, including telecommunication companies Digicel and Natcom, a
Marriott hotel and a local bank. There were no injuries reported. The office of
Prime Minister Enex Jean-Charles said the targeting of the businesses was a
Noren's killing occurred two days after a medical student from
Tulane University who was in Haiti as part of a school program was shot in the
chest and hand during an armed robbery in Petionville. The student, identified
as Bhumi Patel, was flown to a hospital in Miami and a university official said
on Friday that she was able to "communicate with her family."
The Petionville district in the hills above downtown
Port-au-Prince is the capital's major commercial centre. It is a largely
upscale district in the overwhelmingly impoverished country, with some hotels,
shops and restaurants that serve wealthy Haitians and foreigners.