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REBEL LEADER KILLED IN GUNBATTLE WITH POLICE

Haitian police shot and killed a prominent rebel leader Saturday in a gunbattle with several armed men in the capital, U.N. officials said.

Police killed RemissaintheRavix during a shootout in an industrial area in the capital of Port-au-Prince, U.N. civilian police spokesman Dan Moskaluk said. Ravix was one of four leaders of the rebellion that ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide on Feb. 29, 2004.

Haitian and U.N. civilian police were searching for suspects in the shooting of a U.N. employee when they saw about 10 armed men trying to flee an area in the Delmau neighborhood of Port-au-Prince, Moskaluk said.

The police chased the men into a nearby industrial area, cornering them inside a building, he said. Haitian police started exchanging fire with the men, killing Ravix, Moskaluk said.

Ravix was wanted in the killing of four policemen Feb. 6 and for orchestrating attacks on several police stations last year. Ravix maintained his innocence but had gone into hiding.

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