Gang with past abductions blamed for kidnapping missionaries

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A notorious Haitian gang known for brazen kidnappings and killings has been accused by police of abducting 17 missionaries from a U.S.-based organization.

Five children were believed to be among those kidnapped.

Haitian police said Sunday that the 400 Mawozo gang kidnapped the group in Ganthier, a commune that lies east of the capital of Port-au-Prince.

The gang’s name roughly translates to 400 “inexperienced men.”

It controls the Croix-des-Bouquets area that includes Ganthier, where authorities say gang members carry out kidnappings and carjackings and extort business owners.

Haiti is once again struggling with a spike in gang-related kidnappings that had diminished in recent months.

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