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The kidnapping occurred on Saturday, as confirmed by the organization Christian Aid Ministries, to which the missionaries belong.
The armed group responsible for the kidnapping of the 17 missionaries of American and Canadian nationality in Haiti asked for a ransom of 17 million dollars for their liberation, according to the Haitian Minister of Justice, Litz Quitel.
According to Quitel's information, the Haitian gang is asking 1 million dollars for each one of the kidnapped for their liberation, which makes a total of 17 million dollars.
The Justice Minister emphasized that the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Haitian Police are in contact with the kidnappers, however, negotiations could last days or weeks.
In this sense, Quitel indicated that they are trying to free the hostages without paying the ransom, because, according to the Minister, the money in the hands of the kidnappers will be used for more weapons and ammunition.
A group of kidnappers who took 17 missionaries in Haiti is demanding a $17 million ransom, according to media reports. https://t.co/N9ola1t9BB