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US religious group says Haitian gang released 3 hostages

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) – An Ohio-based religious group announced Monday that a violent gang in Haiti has released three more hostages, while 12 others remain kidnapped.

A statement from the Ministry of Christian Aid said the men were released Sunday in Haiti and were “safe and appear to be in good spirits”. The team did not provide further details.

On November 21, the religious organization announced that the 400 Mawozo gang had released the first two hostages of the group of 17 kidnapped in mid-October. There were 12 adults and five children in the group of 16 workers. US citizens and a Canadian, including an 8-month-old baby.

The leader of the 400 Mawozo gang has threatened to kill the hostages unless his demands are met. Authorities said the gang was seeking $1 million each, though it was not immediately clear whether children were included in the group.

“We are grateful to God that three more hostages were released last night,” said a statement from Christian Aid Ministries, an Anabaptist missionary organization based in Berlin, Ohio. “As with the previous release, we are unable to provide the names of those released, the circumstances of the release or any other details.”

The group repeated asking supporters to set aside Monday through Wednesday as days of prayer and fasting “in intercession for those still in custody as well as those who have been released.”

The announcement comes amid a steady increase in kidnappings in the capital, Port-au-Prince and elsewhere in Haiti, which is struggling to recover from the July 7 assassination of the president. 7.2 magnitude earthquake occurred in mid-August and severe fuel shortage.

On Sunday, a gang leader named “Ti Lapli” posted a video on YouTube warning people not to cross the Martissant community in the coming days, where violent clashes between gangs took place. war group.

“The insecurity has increased,” the gang leader said. “I invite the people of Martissant to stock up on food and fuel. The days that follow will be difficult… We will not stand with our arms crossed in front of those who try to destroy us.”

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Smith reports from Pittsburgh.

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