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Haiti gang seeks $1M each for kidnapped US missionaries

 

October 20, 2021

Odelyn Joseph, Associated Press

Haiti's Haiti's Prime Minister Ariel Henry, center, places a bouquet of flowers at the independence hero Jean Jacques Dessalines memorial in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021. A group of 17 U.S. missionaries including children was kidnapped by a gang in Haiti on Saturday, Oct. 16, according to a voice message sent to various religious missions by an organization with direct knowledge of the incident.

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - A gang that kidnapped 17 members of a U.S.-based missionary group demanded $1 million ransom per person, although authorities were not clear whether that amount included the five children being held, a top Haitian official said Tuesday.

The official, who was not authorized to speak to the press, told The Associated Press that someone from the 400 Mawozo gang made the demand Saturday in a call to a leader of the ministry group shortly after the abduction.

A person in contact with the organization, Christian Aid Ministries, confirmed the $1 million per person demand, which was first reported by The Wall Street Journal. That person spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the situation.

https://www.startribune.com/haiti-gang-seeks-1m-each-for-kidnapped-us-missionaries/600107860/

 

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