Among them are two Americans.. 17 people suspected of involvement in the assassination of the Haitian president have been arrested

"This is about a commando of 28 attackers, including 26 Colombians, who carried out the operation to assassinate the president," said Haitian Police Director General Leon Charles.

He pointed out that the two Americans were arrested in addition to 15 Colombians, while three Colombians were killed and eight others are still at large.

Charles added that "weapons and materials used by the attackers were found," expressing his determination to find the other eight attackers.

Taiwan announced Friday that 11 suspects arrested in connection with the investigation into the assassination of the Haitian president had been arrested by the Haitian police inside the compound of the Taiwanese embassy in Port-au-Prince, where they were hiding.

"The police launched an operation around 16:00 (Thursday) and arrested 11 suspects," the Taiwanese embassy said, adding that it "without hesitation" agreed to the Haitian police's request to enter the embassy compound.

The Haitian police announced Thursday evening that the armed commando responsible for the assassination of the country's President Jovenel Moise, who was killed on Wednesday, consists of 26 Colombians and two Americans of Haitian descent.

The US State Department has not confirmed the arrest of two US citizens, but said Thursday that it had agreed to assist the Haitian police in the investigation.

The process of tracking down the assassination team who shot Moyes at his residence in the capital, Port-au-Prince, is accelerating.

The poorest country in the Americas is on the brink of chaos, and stores, banks and gas stations in the capital were closed Thursday.

The capital's airport and the land border with the Dominican Republic, which shares the island of Espanola with Haiti, were closed.

Police exchanged fire with the suspected killers in the capital early Wednesday, the day after the attack on the president's residence.

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