Haiti frees two US church members after alleged kidnapping

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Five other people still being held in the alleged December 2018 attack on Church of God Mission

Two missionaries from Texas have been released after allegedly being kidnapped by armed men in Haiti, which last year saw an uprising against disgraced former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

The two men from the Church of God Mission – a Pentecostal group – were abducted by gunmen from their vehicle last Friday in the central French department of Fort-Dix.

They were handed over to police by the church on Tuesday night, the US embassy said in a statement on Wednesday.

They were the latest of 10 church members who were abducted in Haiti on 27 December 2018, allegedly by gunmen following the resignation of former president Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

The church and the Haitian authorities launched a joint search for the missing members, who were allegedly at a hotel in Port-au-Prince, the capital.

Aristide, the former president, suffered a heart attack during the uprising and was subsequently hospitalised.

The gunmen who abducted the six in December belonged to an armed group that claimed to have chased Aristide out of Haiti and demanded that he return to the country he led for over a decade.

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