Connect with us

International

Armed gang members abduct 17 missionaries, 3 children in Haiti

Published

on

Armed gang members have kidnapped seventeen American missionaries, including at least three children, on Saturday in Haiti, according to a report by the Washington Times.

This was contained in an audio message broadcasted by the Christian Aid Ministries on Sunday, which stated, “This is a special prayer alert. Pray that the gang members would come to repentance.”

The missionaries reportedly were kidnapped while traveling by car north of Port-au-Prince, the nation’s capital, after visiting orphanages in the area.

“It’s unclear if the kidnappers have made any demands or have communicated with the American government or other U.S.-based organizations.

“State Department officials said they are aware of the reports but offered little detail,” the report revealed.

READ ALSO: Police arrests senior security chief over Haiti President’s assassination

Haiti has seen a dramatic rise in kidnappings this year. More than 320 kidnapping victims have been officially reported to the country’s National Police this year, greatly exceeding the total for all of last year.

Estimates by outside organizations, however, put the actual number much higher.

Join the conversation

Opinions

Support Ripples Nigeria, hold up solutions journalism

Balanced, fearless journalism driven by data comes at huge financial costs.

As a media platform, we hold leadership accountable and will not trade the right to press freedom and free speech for a piece of cake.

If you like what we do, and are ready to uphold solutions journalism, kindly donate to the Ripples Nigeria cause.

Your support would help to ensure that citizens and institutions continue to have free access to credible and reliable information for societal development.

Donate Now

Investigations