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UN Forces Kill Haitian Gang Leader


U.N. peacekeepers and Haitian police have shot and killed a gang leader after he resisted arrest early Wednesday.

Authorities said the man known as Charles Junior opened fire on U.N. security officers as they tried to detain him in the Cite Soleil neighborhood of Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince. Junior was wanted on national and international warrants for murder, kidnapping, and criminal conspiracy.

A U.N. press release said the officers ordered Junior to stop firing before they responded in self-defense.

A spokesman for the U.N. mission in Haiti later said any loss of life is regrettable. He said he hopes U.N. efforts toward stability and preventing gang violence can be done peacefully.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.

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