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Haiti kidnappers free 3 hostages

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AFP) — Three more of the 17 North Americans kidnapped in Haiti in October have been freed, their church group said on Monday.

“We are thankful to God that three more hostages were released last night,” the Christian Aid Ministries (CAM), which is based in Ohio, United States, said in a statement, noting the three “are safe and seem to be in good spirits.”

The group did not provide further details on their identities or age, or how they were released.

Missionaries and their family members — a group of 16 Americans and one Canadian — were abducted while returning from an orphanage in an area east of the capital controlled by one of Haiti’s most powerful crime gangs.

Two of them were released in November, leaving 12 currently still in captivity.

CAM has said the hostages were 12 adults aged 18 to 48, and five children ranging in age from eight months to 15 years.

The gang “400 Mawozo” was behind the 16 October kidnapping and had demanded a ransom of one million dollars per head, sources told AFP.

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