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Haiti: Catholic church demands release of worshippers, PM blames police neglect

The catholic church in Haiti has demanded the release of 10 worshippers who were kidnapped Sunday. 

Five priests, two nuns and three members of a priest’s family were kidnapped by alleged gang members around the Saint Jacques Catholic church in Croix-des-Bouquets, a commune near Port-au-Prince. In a public statement Monday, officials with the church made the plea.

“We demand security and peace for all missionaries and all people,” said Archbishop Max Leroy Mesidor in the statement. “We demand the immediate and unconditional release of our detained brothers and sisters.”

Also Monday, Prime Minister Joseph Jouthe told reporters that the police force has neglected the areas outside of Port-au-Prince as one reason kidnappers target locations such as Croix-des-Bouquets.

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