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Newsline: Haiti gang holding kidnapped diplomat for ransom

The Dominican Republic has urged Haiti to do everything in its power to ensure the safe release of one of its diplomats who was kidnapped on Friday. The trade attaché at the Dominican embassy in Port-au-Prince, Carlos Guillén, was seized by gang members while he was travelling to neighbouring Dominican Republic. (https://news.yahoo.com/haiti-gang-holding-kidnapped-diplomat-114241342.html) Dominican officials said that the 400 Mawozo gang was behind the kidnapping. The gang is infamous for kidnapping foreigners and demanding high ransoms. In October, 400 Mawozo abducted 16 US citizens and a Canadian who were in Haiti for the NGO Christian Aid Ministries. The gang demanded a ransom of $1m (£795,000) for each of them. The missionaries and their families all managed to regain their freedom two months later. Christian Aid Ministries said 12 of them had escaped their captors and that five others had been released earlier. It was not clear if any ransom was paid.

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