Seventeen Christian missionaries in Haiti kidnapped by gang

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A group of 17 Christian missionaries in Haiti was kidnapped by a gang on Saturday as the religious group was returning from a visit to an orphanage.

Christian Aid Ministries released an audio recording stating that men, women, and children in Haiti had been kidnapped by a gang and requesting prayer for the situation. Those kidnapped included staff and some of the staff's family members. Of those kidnapped, 16 are Americans and one is Canadian, according to the Washington Post.

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“This is a special prayer alert,” the one-minute message said. “Pray that the gang members would come to repentance.”

The gang that kidnapped the missionaries is called the 400 Mawozo, known for targeting religious groups.

In April, the gang kidnapped five priests and two nuns, leading Catholic universities and schools to close in protest, the outlet reported.

The U.S. State Department said it is aware of the kidnapping reports but was unable to provide additional details for the time being, according to the outlet.

The kidnappings of the 17 missionaries come after several months of hardship for Haiti. President Jovenel Moise was assassinated in an attack at his home on Jul. 7 that also left his wife hospitalized.

The country also experienced a 7.2-magnitude earthquake and a tropical storm in mid-August, with the earthquake leaving approximately 1,200 residents dead.

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Christian Aid Ministries did not immediately respond to the Washington Examiner's request for comment.

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