Two U.S. missionaries have been released after their group was kidnapped on Haiti’s northern coast this week, a kidnapping the Foreign Ministry said on Friday.
The missionaries had been held in a tent camp near Gonaives for 24 hours after their group of 23 Americans, ages 16 to 60, was abducted by gunmen while traveling in the north on Wednesday.
The Foreign Ministry had declared the group’s release on Thursday, but U.S. diplomatic officials told the Interfax news agency Friday that the kidnappers released the group as part of a humanitarian agreement in an area north of the city. The ministry refused to give details of the deal.
Scott Sather and his wife Lynn were released on Thursday and returned to their home in the rural western Michigan community of Michigan. His two children with Lynn Sather, two cousins and the couple’s mother were also among the Americans.
Authorities have said the group was with Lynn Sather’s sister’s husband, Luis Rivera, when they were kidnapped. They were on a five-day mission to help elderly people in a Catholic camp when the attack occurred.