Possibly seventeen US missionaries kidnapped in Haiti

An armed gang abducted a group of missionaries from the United States and their family members in Haiti on Saturday, reports The New York Times based on Haitian security sources. According to the US newspaper, it may be seventeen missionaries. The French news agency AFP speaks of about fifteen missionaries. Among the abducted family members there are many women and children.

The missionaries were said to have been kidnapped when they were on their way to the airport by bus after visiting an orphanage in the capital of Port-au-Prince to drop off part of the group. What exactly happened to the group is unknown.

Gang violence is on the rise in Port-au-Prince, including through abductions. According to some estimates, gangs currently own about half of the city. Since the murder of President Jovenel Moรฏse in July and an earthquake in August, killing more than 2,000 people, violence has only increased. Another school bus was shot on Monday, with five wounded. A bus was hijacked further down town.

Despite this, the kidnapping of a large group of Americans is shocking, according to the security officials The New York Times spoke to.