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US religious group says 17 missionaries kidnapped in Haiti

FILE - A view of the densely populated Jalousie neighborhood of Port-au-Prince, Tuesday, Sept....
FILE - A view of the densely populated Jalousie neighborhood of Port-au-Prince, Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021. A group of 17 U.S. missionaries including children was kidnapped by a gang in Haiti on Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021 according to a voice message sent to various religious missions by an organization with direct knowledge of the incident. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd, file)(Rodrigo Abd | AP)
Published: Oct. 17, 2021 at 9:21 AM EDT
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SAN JAUN, Puerto Rico (AP) - A group of 17 missionaries including children has been kidnapped by a gang in Haiti, according to a voice message sent to various religious missions by an organization with direct knowledge of the incident. The message from Ohio-based Christian Aid Ministries said the missionaries were on their way home from building an orphanage. The one-minute message asked for prayers “that the gang members would come to repentance.” It says the mission’s field director is working with the U.S. Embassy, and that the field director’s family and one other unidentified man stayed at the ministry’s base while everyone else visiting the orphanage was abducted.

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