Six of the most notorious assassinations in history from Julius Cesar to JFK

The president of Haiti, Jovenel Moïse, has been gunned down at his home in the Caribbean nation.

He was shot dead in the Port-au-Prince attack after a group of heavily-armed men posing as US drugs agents managed to enter the property.

Some suspects, described as "foreign mercenaries", have now been killed in a battle with police but others remain at large.

But the 53-year-old is just the latest leader to be assassinated. Here James Moore recalls some of history’s most notorious political hits…

Julius Caesar: On March 15, 44BC, the 55-year-old Roman leader was stabbed 23 times by members of The Senate, led by his former pal Brutus, worried about his dictatorial rule.

Spencer Perceval

The only British Prime Minister to have been assassinated, the 49-year-old Tory was shot in the lobby of the House of Commons on 11th May 1812 crying: "I am murdered".

His killer, disgruntled merchant John Bellingham, was later hanged.

Abraham Lincoln

On April 15, 1965, just days after victory in the American Civil War, the US President, known for his work to abolish slavery, was fatally shot in the head, aged 56, on a visit to the theatre in Washington DC. The assassin, actor John Wilkes Booth, was tracked down and killed.

Archduke Franz Ferdinand

The Austrian heir was visiting Sarajevo, Bosnia on June 28, 1914, when rebel Gavrilo Princip, 19, shot him and his wife Sophie dead in their car, sparking events that would trigger the First World War.

John F Kennedy

The US President was riding in a motorcade with wife Jackie through Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963 when he was shot dead. Lee Harvey Oswald, 24, was arrested for the 46-year-old’s murder but himself gunned down by Jack Ruby. An official inquiry named Oswald as a lone killer, but many still believe there was a conspiracy to kill JFK.

Indira Gandhi

India’s only female Prime Minister was shot 33 times at her New Delhi residence by two of her own bodyguards on October 31, 1984. Her killing, at 66, was retaliation for sending the army to raid The Golden Temple, a holy Sikh shrine. Her son, ex-premier Rajiv Gandhi, would die in a 1991 suicide bombing.

Olof Palme

Walking home from a Stockholm cinema on February 28, 1986, the 59-year-old Swedish Prime Minister was fatally shot in the back. Drug addict Christer Pettersson was convicted, then acquitted of the crime. Last year authorities named another suspect who died in 2000. A motive for the unsolved murder remains a mystery.

Yitzhak Rabin

The Prime Minister of Israel, who won the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to find a peace settlement with the Palestinians, was shot dead as he got into his car in Tel Aviv on November 4, 1995. The 73-year-old’s killer was right-wing extremist Yigal Amir, currently serving a life sentence.

Benazir Bhutto

The two-time Pakistani prime minister was assassinated on December 27, 2007, as she returned from exile to the country to run in elections. The 54-year-old had spoken at a rally when she was shot by a teenage assassin who then exploded a suicide vest too – though who was behind the hit remains murky

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