U.S., Haiti seek release of 17 missionaries snatched by gang

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The Christian Aid Ministries headquarters in Berlin, Ohio, is closed Monday, Oct. 18, due to kidnappings in Haiti. U.S. officials are working with Haitian authorities to try to secure the release of 12 adults and five children with a U.S.-based missionary group who were abducted over the weekend by a gang notorious for killings, kidnappings and extortion. (AP Photo/Julie Carr Smyth)
Dánica Coto and Evens Sanon The Associated Press PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — American officials are working with Haitian authorities to try to secure the release of 12 adults and five children connected with a U.S.-based missionary group who were abducted over the weekend by a gang notorious for killings, kidnappings and extortion. Police say the group was snatched Saturday by the 400 Mawozo gang in the community of Ganthier, which lies within the gang’s territory in the Croix-des-Bouquets area east of the capital of Port-au-Prince. As authorities sought the release of the 16 Americans and one Canadian from the Ohio-based Christian Aid Ministries, local unions and other organizations launched a strike Monday to protest Haiti’s worsening security. The streets of Port-au-
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