Haitian gang kidnaps eight Turkish citizens | News


The director of the Haitian Police confirmed on Monday the kidnapping of at least 12 citizens, including eight Turkish nationals, by alleged gang members last weekend.


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The Turkish consul in Haiti, Hugues Josue, told local media and international agencies that the kidnapped Turkish citizens belong to the Muslim association Ashape, which offers language courses and religious education.

It was learned that the Turkish citizens, five men and three women between the ages of 20 and 26, were kidnapped on May 8 east of Port-au-Prince, between the communes of Croix des Bouquets and Ganthier.

The hostages were on board a bus from the Dominican company Metro Servicios Turísticos that made the route from Santo Domingo to Port-au-Prince.

Haitian police forces said that the bus was stopped and boarded by suspected members of the 400 Mawozo gang that operates in Croix des Bouquets, and is responsible for the kidnapping of religious from the United States and Canada.

The incident occurs a week after the kidnapping of the Santo Domingo diplomat in Haiti, Carlos Tatis, released after five days in the hands of his captors.

Haiti is experiencing a wave of violence in which armed groups threaten the security of the 11 million inhabitants of the Caribbean country, especially the residents of Port-au-Prince.

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