Kidnappers abduct 17 US missionaries including children in Haiti

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The kidnappers from an armed criminal gang in Haiti have abducted a group of 17 US missionaries, including children.

The Ohio-based Christian Ministries has confirmed in a statement that the incident took place between 8 am and 10 am on Saturday.

The statement further added that the missionaries were travelling to Port-au-Prince’s Toussaint Louverture airport to return home to the US.

The area where the kidnapping took place is the territory of around 400 members of the Mawozo criminal gang.

The gang has previously targeted religiously groups in the area, including the kidnapping of a priest and French nun in April, 2021.

The Christian Aid Ministries is largely engaged in providing donations to the Haitians, and supports 9,000 children in schools, besides providing shelter, food and clothing to children.

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