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Shooting, Fire at Marketplace Kill At Least Two in Haiti


A fire has ripped through a Haitian marketplace where gunmen also opened fire, leaving at least two people dead.

Officials say the trouble happened Tuesday at the Ox Head Market in Port-au-Prince, where firefighters struggled to extinguish the flames.

It was not clear who attacked the market or what started the blaze.

The incident took place as the United Nations Security Council extended the mandate of its peacekeeping mission in Haiti through June 24.

A Security Council statement said the situation in Haiti continues to threaten international peace and security and that after the June expiration date, the mandate will be renewed for further periods.

Haiti is the Western Hemisphere's poorest nation and has been mired in political and economic turmoil for years. The country is preparing for elections in November.

Some information for this report provided by AFP, AP

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