All from US missionary group freed in Haiti, police say

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Workers thrust retired of the gross of the Christian Aid Ministries office successful Titanyen, northbound of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Monday, Dec. 6, 2021. The spiritual radical based successful Ohio said that 3 much hostages were released connected Sunday, portion different 12 stay abducted successful Haiti. The radical provided nary further details. (AP Photo/Odelyn Joseph)

PORT-AU-PRINCE – The remaining members of a U.S. missionary radical who were kidnapped 2 months agone successful Haiti person been freed, Haitian constabulary and the radical said Thursday.

The spokesperson for Haiti’s National Police, Gary Desrosiers, confirmed to The Associated Press that the hostages had been released, but did not instantly supply further details.

“We glorify God for answered supplication — the remaining 12 hostages are FREE!” Christian Aid Ministries said successful a statement. “Join america successful praising God that each 17 of our loved ones are present safe.”

The Ohio-based radical said it hopes to supply much accusation later.

“We’re feeling great,” said Ron Marks, curate astatine Hart Dunkard Brethren Church successful Hart, Michigan, whose members were among the hostages.

Carleton Horst, a subordinate of the Hart congregation, said religion members received a substance connection Thursday greeting from “someone connected to the situation” that each of the hostages had been released.

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A parent and 4 of her children who beryllium to the religion were among the hostages. Horst, who is friends with the family, said the religion is rejoicing and he’s “elated that that information of things is yet over, conscionable praise the Lord for that.”

The missionaries were kidnapped by the 400 Mawozo pack connected Oct. 16. There were 5 children successful the radical of 16 U.S. citizens and 1 Canadian, including an 8-month-old. Their Haitian operator besides was abducted, according to a section quality rights organization.

Two of the hostages were released successful November, and 3 much earlier this month. They were not identified, but members of the Hart congregation told section media successful Michigan that 2 were from Hart.

In summation to Michigan, the hostages are from Wisconsin, Ohio, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Oregon and Ontario, Canada, according to the missionary group.

“Today is the time we person been hoping for, praying for, and moving truthful hard to achieve,” said Congressman Bill Huizenga, whose occidental Michigan legislature territory includes Hart.

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“I privation to convey members of the hostage dialog squad for their diligence successful securing the harmless merchandise of each the hostages. This is simply a large time for families successful Michigan and crossed the federation who person been disquieted astir the information of their loved ones,” Huizenga said.

The person of the 400 Mawozo pack had threatened to termination the hostages unless his demands were met. Authorities person said the pack was demanding $1 cardinal per person, though it wasn’t wide if that included the children.

It remained unclear Thursday whether immoderate ransom was paid oregon what efforts led to the hostages' freedom.

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Smith reported from Pittsburgh. AP writer Anna Nichols successful Lansing, Michigan, contributed to this report.

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