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Kidnappers release 2 of 17 missionaries

Group, including 5 children, abducted in Haiti on Oct. 16

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One of the managers of the Christian Aid Ministries headquarters, left, shakes hands with a worker at the center in Titanyen, north of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021. Two of 17 abducted members of a missionary group have been freed in Haiti and are safe, "in good spirits and being cared for," their Ohio-based church organization, Christian Aid Ministries, announced Sunday, Nov. 21.
One of the managers of the Christian Aid Ministries headquarters, left, shakes hands with a worker at the center in Titanyen, north of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021. Two of 17 abducted members of a missionary group have been freed in Haiti and are safe, "in good spirits and being cared for," their Ohio-based church organization, Christian Aid Ministries, announced Sunday, Nov. 21. (AP Photo/Odelyn Joseph) Photo Gallery

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Two of 17 members of a missionary group who were kidnapped more than a month ago are safe and “in good spirits” after being freed in Haiti, their U.S.-based church organization announced.

Christian Aid Ministries issued a statement Sunday saying it could not give the names of those released, say why they were freed or offer other information.

“While we rejoice at this release, our hearts are with the 15 people who are still being held,” the Ohio-based group said.

The missionaries were kidnapped by the 400 Mawozo gang on Oct. 16. There are five children in the group of 16 U.S. citizens and one Canadian, including an 8-month-old. Their Haitian driver also was abducted, according to a local human rights organization.

The leader of the 400 Mawozo gang has threatened to kill the hostages unless his demands are met. Authorities have said the gang was demanding $1 million per person.

The spokesman for Haiti’s National Police, Gary Desrosiers, confirmed to The Associated Press that two hostages were released on Sunday.

The FBI is helping Haitian authorities recover the captives.

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