Seven Catholic church officials, including two French, were kidnapped in Haiti on Sunday.
As a spokesman for the Bishops’ Conference of the Caribbean state told the AFP news agency, the group was abducted on Sunday morning in Croix-des-Bouquets near the capital Port-au-Prince when they wanted to take part in the installation of a new pastor. The kidnappers are demanding a ransom of one million dollars. The police suspect an armed gang named “400 Mawozo” to be behind the kidnapping.
In recent months, kidnappings in Haiti, followed by ransom demands, have increased in Port-au-Prince, but also in rural areas. In March the government declared a state of emergency in certain areas of the capital and in one region in order to restore “authority of the state” in gang-controlled areas. Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the world.