17 US missionaries abducted by Haitian gang: Report

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As many as 17 U.S. Christian missionaries and their relations — together with youngsters — had been kidnapped by gang members in Haiti whereas they had been leaving an orphanage, Haitian safety officers told The New York Times.

Local officers mentioned the missionaries had been taken from a bus on its solution to the airport to drop some members off within the island nation’s capital Port-au-Prince earlier than going to a different location in Haiti, the paper reported. 

A US State Department spokesperson confirmed to The Post that it’s conscious of the report.

“The welfare and safety of U.S. citizens abroad is one of the highest priorities of the Department of State,” the spokesperson mentioned.

“We are aware of these reports and have nothing additional to offer at this time.”

While kidnappings are alarmingly widespread within the politically-torn nation, officers had been shocked on the daring abduction of such numerous individuals, The Times reported.

People march through the streets in Haiti, protesting the upsurge in kidnappings committed by gangs in the country.
People march by way of the streets in Haiti, protesting the upsurge in kidnappings dedicated by gangs within the nation.
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The nation has been in a state of political turmoil since Haitian President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated by gunmen in his dwelling in July, a case that has but to be solved by native regulation enforcement.

Ariel Henry, a neurosurgeon whom Moïse had appointed prime minister two days earlier than he was gunned down, took management of the nation within the energy wrestle that adopted.

Just weeks later, Haitians suffered a devastating 7.2 magnitude earthquake in August that killed a whole bunch of individuals and leveled buildings.