Haitian gunmen hijack school bus

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Doussous said he spoke with the kidnappers of Schneider by phone and that they are demanding $300,000 for his release. The kidnappers even put Schneider, who works for a group called Glow Ministry, on the phone with the police commander. “I just talked to him on the phone. A bullet fractured his arm but he says he is fine,” said Doussous, who heads Haiti’s anti-kidnapping unit. Doussous said police believe the kidnappers brought Schneider to the Port-au-Prince slum of Cite Soleil, a base for armed gangs blamed for much of the recent violence in the capital. Details on Schneider’s group were not immediately available. Police said they did not know his hometown. Haiti, the Western Hemisphere’s poorest nation, has a long history of instability. Elections are slated for Jan. 8, to elect a president and parliament. A rebellion ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in February 2004. The former president lives in exile in South Africa. PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Gunmen hijacked a school bus carrying 14 children Thursday, and a U.S. missionary was kidnapped while driving outside Haiti’s capital, police said. The bus was taking the children to school when several armed men stopped it, boarded it and drove off down a main road going to the west of Port-au-Prince, the capital, Police Commissioner Francois Henry Doussous told The Associated Press. He said they’re working to secure the release of the children, but did not provide a motive or any other details. Also Thursday, gunmen shot and kidnapped 44-year-old U.S. missionary Philip Schneider as he was driving on a road north of the capital, Doussous said. “We do not consider these kidnaps to be politically motivated,” said Doussous. “This is purely criminal activity, the gangs need money.” Police and the U.N. peacekeeping force in Haiti suspect gangs allegedly close to Aristide of preparing violence to disrupt the national elections. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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