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Haitian gang releases remaining kidnapped missionaries that included 16 Americans

The missionaries were part of a group kidnapped in October by an armed Haitian gang

Published: December 16, 2021 11:55am

Updated: December 16, 2021 2:33pm

The 12 remaining hostages kidnapped several months ago by an armed Haitian gang have been released, the country's minister of justice said Thursday.

A group of missionaries, including 16 Americans, representing the Christian Aid Ministries were kidnapped in October by a group of armed men as they were driving through a suburb of Haiti's capital city Port-au-Prince. 

Two missionaries were initially released in late November, and then several more were released two weeks later, prior to Thursday's release of the remaining 12. The gang responsible for the kidnappings – 400 Mawozo – initially demanded $1 million per hostage. It is unclear how much, if any, money was paid. 

The hostages were reportedly found at around 5 a.m. on Thursday morning in the neighborhood of Morne Cabrit, where locals called the authorities. 

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