Haitian Gang Sends $17 Million Ransom Demand for Kidnapped American Missionaries

The 400 Mawozo gang that kidnapped 17 American and Canadian missionaries in Haiti has demanded $17 Million dollars, or $1 million dollars for the release of each hostage.

Haitian Justice Minister Liszt Quitel said that the 17 missionaries were being kept by the Mawozo gang at a safe house outside the Croix-des-Bouquets suburb.

The American government announced that it already has deployed an FBI tactical team on the ground working with the American Embassy.

“The president has been briefed and is receiving regular updates on what the State Department and the F.B.I. are doing to bring these individuals home safely,” said Jen Psaki, White House press secretary.

Both the FBI and Haitian police are already reportedly in contact with the kidnappers but there are no details yet if negotiations are being made. 

Haitian Justice Minister Liszt Quitel said that the negotiations may take longer while they are trying to get the hostages released without paying any ransom. 

The 400 Mawozo was already known for car theft and has been conducting mass kidnappings this year. 

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