Written by Staff Writer, CNN
Three United States and three Canadian missionaries were kidnapped late Friday in Haiti, the U.S. State Department said in a statement Saturday.
A Haitian police source told CNN that two Brazilian missionaries and a Haitian guide were kidnapped while on their way to a church.
The State Department said the Americans were abducted in Haiti’s St. Marc department.
“The three missionaries are being held by unknown persons who have indicated that they are armed and they are responsible for their continued safety,” a department statement said.
The U.S. government is in contact with local authorities to determine whether or not there are any Americans involved in the kidnapping.
“The safety and security of U.S. citizens abroad is a top priority. U.S. citizens who become victims of crime overseas may remain anonymous and may seek assistance from our Consular Affairs at 1-800-407-4747,” the State Department said.
The two Brazilian women, Erika Farias, 29, and Marielle Franco, 42, were working in a children’s home, according to the Mexican Reporter.
The Brazilian Reporter said the Brazilian government isn’t confirming the kidnapping. A Brazilian Embassy spokesman in Haiti told CNN that information on the identity of those kidnapped, which were not identified, were confidential.
This is the second kidnapping involving the South American nation in Haiti in as many months.
A group of 18 missionaries, including 10 foreigners, were kidnapped in the country’s southwestern town of Les Cayes in May. That group was freed when the group reached safety in South America after a nearly five-day ordeal, the Brazilians said.