U.S. missionaries say 2 out of 17 abductees have been released in Haiti | MCU Times

U.S. missionaries say 2 out of 17 abductees have been released in Haiti

PORT-AU PRINCE, Haiti (AP) – Two of 17 abducted members of a missionary group have been released in Haiti and are safe, “in a good mood and being looked after,” their Ohio-based church organization announced Sunday.
Christian Aid Ministries issued a statement saying they could not give the names of the released, why they were released or other information.

“While we welcome this release, our hearts are with the 15 people who are still being held,” the group said.
The missionaries were kidnapped by the 400 Mawozo gang on October 16th. There are five children in the group of 16 U.S. citizens and one Canadian. Their Haitian driver was also abducted.

The leader of the 400 Mawozo gang has threatened to kill the hostages unless the gang’s demands are met. Authorities have said the gang demanded $ 1 million per person, although it was not immediately clear that there were children in the group.

The US government has urged US citizens to leave Haiti due to the country’s growing insecurity and the severe shortage of fuel. Canada announced Friday that it is withdrawing all but significant personnel from its embassy.

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