Final 12 missionaries kidnaped by Haitian gang released

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Final 12 missionaries kidnaped by Haitian gang released

The remaining 12 missionaries who were kidnapped by a Haitian gang in October were released Thursday, Haitian police and the missionary group said.

“We glorify God for answered prayer — the remaining 12 hostages are FREE!” Christian Aid Ministries said in a statement provided to the Associated Press. “Join us in praising God that all 17 of our loved ones are now safe.”

The Haitian police confirmed the news to the AP, but did not provide further details.

The 17 Christian missionaries were kidnapped by the 400 Mawozo gang in Port-au-Prince on October 16, among them were 16 U.S. citizens and one Canadian. Five of those kidnapped were children.

The leader of the notorious gang, Wilson Joseph, threatened to kill the hostages, demanding $1 million for hostage, although it was unclear if that include the five children as well.

The group was made up of Amish, Mennonite and other conservative Anabaptist communities, and their Haitian driver was also kidnapped.

The last 12 missionaries spent two months as hostages in Haiti.

A man carries a sign that reads in Creole "No to kidnapping, free them," during a protest demanding the release of people who have been kidnapped, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti
A man carries a sign that reads in Creole “No to kidnapping, free them,” during a protest demanding the release of people who have been kidnapped, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
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