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Two of the seventeen missionaries kidnapped in Haiti have been released

Two of the 17 members of a group of missionaries kidnapped in Haiti have been released and are “in good spirits and receiving treatment,” their Ohio religious organization said Sunday.

Christian Aid Services It issued a statement saying it could not provide their names, the reason for their release, or additional information.

“Although we rejoice at their release, our hearts go out to the 15 people who remain captive,” the agency announced.

The missionary group of 16 Americans and Canadians – including five children, He was kidnapped by the 400 Mawozo gang on October 16. His Haitian driver was also kidnapped.

The leader of 400 Mawozo He threatened to kill the hostages unless the criminal group’s demands were met. Authorities said the gang is demanding a ransom of $1 million per person, although it is not yet known whether this includes the kidnapped children.

The US government has urged its citizens to leave Haiti due to the deteriorating security situation in the country and the acute shortage of fuel. Canada announced on Friday that it will remove all non-essential staff from its embassy.

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