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Haitian gang demands $17 m ransom for kidnapped missionaries

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A man is seen in front of burning tyres during a general strike launched by several professional associations and companies to denounce insecurity in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on Tuesday.
A man is seen in front of burning tyres during a general strike launched by several professional associations and companies to denounce insecurity in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on Tuesday.

HAITI: A Haitian gang that kidnapped a group of American and Canadian missionaries is asking for $17 million – or $1 million each – to release them, according to a top Haitian official.

Justice Minister Liszt Quitel said that talks were under way with kidnappers to seek the release of the missionaries abducted over the weekend outside the capital, Port-au-Prince, by a gang called 400 Mawozo.

The minister confirmed the ransom fee, saying that “They asked for $1 million per person.” The fee was first reported by the Wall Street Journal earlier in the day.

CNN reported earlier on Tuesday the kidnappers first called Christian Aid Ministries – the group to which the victims belonged – on Saturday and immediately conveyed the price tag for the missionaries’ release. The FBI and Haitian police were advising the group in negotiations, the minister said.

Several calls between the kidnappers and the missionary group have taken place since their disappearance, the minister told CNN.

The Ohio-based Christian Aid Ministries said among the 16 Americans and one Canadian are five children, including an 8-month-old baby, the missionary organization said. They were abducted in an area called Croix-des-Bouquets, about 8 miles (13 km) outside the capital, which is dominated by the 400 Mawozo gang.

– INDIA TODAY

Thursday, October 21, 2021 – 01:00











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