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October 17 (Reuters) - At least 17 American Christian missionaries and their families, including children, were removed Saturday by the members of a gang in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince, reported Sunday American media.
The missionaries were removed while they were in a bus en route to the airport after visiting an orphanage.
A spokesman for the US State Department, said that "(the department) examine (AIT) this case".
"The well-being and safety of American citizens abroad is one of the highest priorities of the State Department," the spokesman said in an email.
Haiti: About fifteen missionaries kidnapped by a gang
© Chandan Khanna, AFP Haitians walk in a deserted street, on December 20, 2019, in Port-au-Prince. At least 15 American Christian missionaries and their families were removed Saturday by the members of a gang in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince. About fifteen missionaries were kidnapped on Saturday, October 16, mid-day by a gang in a peri-urban area east of Port-au-Prince, Haiti , indicated to AFP. A Haitian security source.
The US Embassy in Haiti did not respond to a request for comment.
A spokesman for the Haitian police stated that she was looking for information about this case.
According to the CNN television channel, citing a source within Haitian security forces, 14 adults and three minors are among the people removed.
Violence is in recrudescences in Haiti and have made thousands of displaced and hindered economic activity in the poorest country in the Americas. They still increased after the assassination of President Jovenel Moses last July, and the earthquake of August that did more than 2,000 deaths. (Shubham report, Brad Brooks, Gesssika Thomas and Brian Ellsworth; French version Camille Raynaud and Matthieu Protard)
'I will put a bullet in the heads of these Americans' - Haiti gang behind kidnap demand ransom in video .
A Haitian gang leader has threatened to kill 17 kidnapped American and Canadian missionaries if he is not given millions in ransom money. © Imagebridge The Christian Aid Ministries said it would not comment on the video. Pic: AP In a video posted on YouTube, the leader of the 400 Mawozo gang that abducted the group said: "I swear by thunder that if I don't get what I'm asking for, I will put a bullet in the heads of these Americans.