CaribWorldNews, SANTO DOMINGO, DR, Fri. Oct. 23, 2009: Four Haitians reportedly making charcoal in a remote part of the Dominican Republic have been shot dead.
Dominican Today reports indicate that 18 Haitians were in a remote area of southwest Independencia province of the DR when they were surprised by native Dominicans who opened fire between the villages Boca de Cachón and Los Pinos del Edén.
Of the 18, four were killed while the others fled, officials in the DR were quoted as saying. The four were reportedly burned in the furnaces they were just moments before burning trees to make coal.
Among those who fled was a youth who despite being injured managed to reach Jimaní and inform the authorities there, Prosecutor Ruddy Perez was quoted as saying.
The case is being investigated. Haitians have long been attacked in the DR in an ongoing battle that some blame on race. The two countries share one island.