16 US missionaries kidnapped by criminals in Haiti

The ministry confirmed that 16 US citizens and one person from Canada were abducted on Saturday in the region of the Haitian capital, Port-au-Prince. “The well-being and safety of US citizens abroad is one of the State Department’s top priorities,” it said.

The aid organization Christian Aid Ministries had previously stated that twelve adults and five children had been abducted by criminals. According to a report on television station CNN, the group was on their way from an orphanage in Croix des Bouquets on the eastern edge of Port-au-Prince to Titanyen, north of the Haitian capital, when they were abducted by members of an armed gang.

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