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Less than a week before the transfer of command of U.S.-led multinational forces to the control of the United Nations, a fatal robbery Saturday became the latest episode in a crime wave sweeping the country.

Thieves entered a currency exchange office near the National Palace and made off with $41,000 in cash, police officials said.

Fito Boniface, an employee, and Jacques Edmond, an 18-year-old student who witnessed the robbery, were killed in the gunfire.

People who saw the two killed later screamed at American soldiers Saturday, upset at their lack of intervention to stop the wave of violent crimes. No arrests have been made.

Haitian government officials have been critical of what they see as U.S. unwillingness to allow troops to become entangled in policing and disarmament efforts because of political considerations.

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