Remaining missionaries kidnapped in Haiti released by gang, says justice minister

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Port-au-Prince, Haiti (CNN)The remaining 12 hostages kidnapped by an equipped pack successful Haiti 2 months agone were released Thursday, according to the country's justness curate Berto Dorcé.

Seventeen missionaries representing Christian Aid Ministries (CAM), including 16 Americans and 1 Canadian, were kidnapped by equipped men connected October 16 portion driving done the suburb of Croix des Bouquets, conscionable extracurricular of the superior metropolis Port-au-Prince. The radical had been returning from visiting an orphanage and were headed backmost to their location base.

Two of the missionaries were released on November 21. Two weeks later, 3 much hostages were released followed by the remaining 12 connected Thursday morning.

    A root successful Haiti's information forces said the remaining hostages were released astir 5 a.m. ET successful the vicinity of Morne Cabrit.

      According to the source, the missionaries were recovered by locals who dropped them disconnected astatine a section constabulary station, adjacent to the territory controlled by the gang.

      CNN-obtained images amusement   the released hostages boarding the seashore  defender  level   connected  Thursday.

      The freed radical underwent a aesculapian cheque and appeared skinny, the root added. The radical flew to the US connected Thursday via a seashore defender flight, the root told CNN.

      The pack that authorities said was liable for the kidnappings, 400 Mawozo, had initially demanded a ransom of $1 cardinal per hostage, according to Haiti's then-justice curate Liszt Quitel.

      A ransom was paid to the 400 Mawozo, according to the source. A US authoritative besides said that a ransom was paid, but not by the US government. Though the nonstop magnitude is not known, the root said it was acold little than the archetypal petition of $1 cardinal per hostage.

      CNN has reached retired to CAM for comment.

      A motion   stands extracurricular  the Christian Aid Ministries successful  Titanyen, Haiti, connected  October 22, 2021.

      CAM released a connection praising the merchandise connected Thursday.

      "We glorify God for answered supplication -- the remaining 12 hostages are FREE! Join america successful praising God that each seventeen of our loved ones are present safe. Thank you for your fervent prayers passim the past 2 months. We anticipation to supply much accusation arsenic we are able," the connection read.

      "I volition sing unto the Lord, for helium hath triumphed gloriously" (Exodus 15:1b)," it concluded.

      The US State Department welcomed the quality that the missionaries "are escaped and volition soon beryllium reunited with their loved ones."

        A State Department spokesperson told CNN Thursday that they were continuing to supply "appropriate" assistance to the radical and their families and thanked Haitian and planetary partners "for their assistance successful facilitating their harmless release.

        Kidnappings for ransom successful Haiti are wide and often indiscriminate, targeting affluent and poor, young and old. Rising transgression has accompanied the country's governmental instability, with kidnappings spiking successful the months aft the July assassination of President Jovenel Moise, according to section quality rights enactment CARDH. The 400 Mawozo radical is peculiarly notorious for radical kidnappings.

        Journalist Etant Dupain and CNN's David Shortell successful Mexico City contributed to this report.

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