Two Americans and a Canadian who were kidnapped while missionaries were visiting Haitian earthquake victims have been released.
Curious countries: Canadians, Americans are kidnapped in Haiti after rebuilding work finishes https://t.co/yrxjdMKUni pic.twitter.com/p8Mt6Qnsw5 — BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) September 3, 2018
The Canadians and Americans were participating in building efforts near the town of Port-au-Prince. A man kidnapped with them was released after negotiations that included the U.S. State Department, the Associated Press reported. The government of Haiti has yet to comment.
The 41-year-old American has worked as a missionary for 16 years and has a daughter in remission after being diagnosed with leukemia.
He was taken with four others including two Canadian women and two other Americans, the AP reported.
“They have all been released and are fine,” Larry Weinberg, the pastor of the church hosting the group, told the wire service.
The group was staying in a shelter that was at the request of the group, Weinberg said.
Weinberg told the wire service that the group was planning to speak on Monday but declined to elaborate.
The AP reported that rescue teams found at least six of the hostages.