An armed gang kidnaps 36 people in Port-au-Prince, Haiti

At least 36 people have been kidnapped in the Haitian city of Port-au-Prince while they were aboard two minibuses after being taken hostage by a armed band.

The two minibuses, which carried 18 passengers each, made the route from Port-au-Prince to the city of Miragoane, 100 kilometers east of the Haitian capital, according to a witness reported in statements collected by Vant Bef Info.

The hostages belong to the ‘Village de Dieu’ gang and would have carried out the kidnapping in response to the alleged summary execution of a member of his gang, Zo Pwon, at the hands of the Miragoane government commissioner, Jean Ernest Muscadin, according to one of the kidnappers a video released on social networks to which the aforementioned newspaper would have had access.

The kidnapping took place a week after Muscadin acknowledged in an interview with Haitian radio Flamax that he was the author of the murder of alleged gang member Zo Pwon.

"What happened was not a mistake. They sent me a signal, I answered them. They must know that they are not the only ones who can kill"Muscadin detailed, adding that the department of Nippes (where the city of Miragoane is located) "it will be a graveyard of bandits".

Following the statements made by the Miragoane government commissioner, several human rights organizations in Haiti have called for Muscadin’s removal. In addition, they have announced their intention to bring the commissioner to justice by describing the events as "a summary execution"according to ‘Le Nouvelliste’.

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