Dominican Republic closes border after Haiti president assassinated

View of the border gate between Ouanaminthe in Haiti and Dajabon in the northwest of Dominican Republic, where Haitians cross to sell goods in the binational market of Dajabon on September 28, 2018. (Photo by Erika SANTELICES / AFP) (Photo credit should read ERIKA SANTELICES/AFP/Getty Images)

The Dominican Republic on Wednesday shuttered its border with Haiti after the assassination of the neighboring country’s president, Jovenel Moise.

The countries share a 380-kilometer (240-mile) border on the island of Hispaniola, and defense ministry spokesman Ceinett Sanchez told AFP its closure would be “immediate.”

Dominican President Luis Abinader condemned the killing, saying on Twitter the crime “undermines the democratic order in Haiti and the region.”

He offered condolences to the family of Moise and his wife Martine, who was wounded, and to the Haitian people.

Local media said Abinader had summoned military leaders to analyse the situation on the island.

Haitian Prime Minister Claude Joseph said Moise was assassinated at his home in the early morning hours by foreigners who spoke English and Spanish.