Haiti: Reports of kidnapping of American missionaries and their families by an armed gang


Port au Prince

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Gangs have recently expanded their control over other parts of the capital, Port-au-Prince

Up to 17 American Christian missionaries and their families, including children, were reported to have been kidnapped by armed gang members near Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti.

Local media quoted security sources as saying that at least 15 people were forced to get off a bus after visiting an orphanage.

Few details were clear, but US officials said they were aware of the reports.

Haiti has one of the highest rates of kidnapping in the world, as gangs exploit the chaos in the country to earn ransom money.

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