All those killed were visiting relatives in Haiti, embassy officials told The Associated Press on Monday. The attacks occurred over three months and in three different locations.
The warning comes as scores of Americans are streaming in to provide post-earthquake aid and help with reconstruction. It says authorities believe criminals may be targeting travellers arriving from the United States and advises caution in arranging transport from the airport.
Haitian police spokesman Frantz Lerebours said he had no information about the attacks.
Some worry the warning could hamper efforts to court investment to rebuild Haiti’s once-viable tourism sector in hopes of reviving the impoverished country’s moribund economy.
Crime rates are high across the Caribbean, including countries still known as tourism hotspots. Jamaica has the region’s highest murder rate; this month the U.S. Embassy in Kingston advised visitors to be on alert for gang violence there.
These crimes are not as threatening as one would first think.
They involved Haitian/Americans visiting Haiti and were probably killed for whatever they were carrying in the form of money or material items.
In other words, they were actually a Haitian on Haitian crimes and did not involve visiting foreigners.
It is still unusual for a foreigner to face any sort of problems while in Haiti.