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Newsline: Turkey’s honorary consul in Haiti says 8 Turkish citizens kidnapped

Eight Turkish citizens have been kidnapped in Haiti’s capital, an official told The Associated Press on Monday, apparently the latest in a string of high-profile kidnappings by powerful gangs. Hugues Josue, Turkey’s honorary consul in Haiti, said the group had boarded a bus in the neighboring Dominican Republic and were kidnapped late Sunday afternoon in the Croix-des-Bouquets neighborhood of Port-au-Prince. Josue said he did not have any details on a potential ransom request, and no additional information was immediately available. (https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/official-8-turkish-citizens-kidnapped-from-bus-in-haiti/2022/05/09/77facffe-cfb0-11ec-886b-df76183d233f_story.html) Croix-des-Bouquets is controlled by the 400 Mawozo gang, which kidnapped 17 members of a U.S.-based missionary group in the same area last October. The gang demanded $1 million in ransom and held most of them until December. A diplomat from the Dominican Republic was kidnapped in the same neighborhood earlier this month and later freed.

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