Unknown armed men kidnapped a group of eight Turkish nationals in Haiti’s capital, as the country has been scrambling with the surge of attacks by powerful illegal gangs.
Turkey’s honorary consul in Haiti, Hugues Josue said the group boarded a bus in the neighboring Dominican Republic and were kidnapped late Sunday afternoon in the Croix-des-Bouquets neighborhood of Port-au-Prince.
That five men and three women were all aged between 20 and 26 and during abduction when they got off the bus, had time to contact their organization.
Turkish media Daily Sabah citing diplomatic sources reported that the Turkish nationals claiming to be “missionaries” were abducted for ransom. However, Josue said he so far has no details on potential ransom request.
Instances of violence and kidnapping have spiked in Haiti following the assassination of its president Jovenel Moise in July, 2021.
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