OAS officials abducted in Haiti

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OAS officials abducted in Haiti

Post by admin » Fri Dec 30, 2005 1:24 pm

OAS officials abducted in Haiti

Three members of the Organization of American States have been kidnapped in the Haitian capital, police have said.
Police official Michael Lucius told the AFP news agency that the two foreigners and a Haitian national had been abducted in Port-au-Prince on Thursday.

They were helping with preparations for the 8 January presidential election.

Haiti has been blighted by political and criminal violence, despite the presence of UN peacekeepers since the ousting of President Aristide in 2004.

The three employees - a Guatemalan, a Peruvian and the Haitian - were abducted while driving on a road near the international airport.

They were a short distance away from the Cite Soleil neighbourhood, where several kidnappings and shootings have taken place.

A Canadian member of the UN's international peace-k
eeping force was shot dead in the street there last week.

On Thursday, police arrested 20 people suspected of taking part in kidnappings, in an operation which led to the release of two hostages.

Story from BBC NEWS:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/a ... 570120.stm

Published: 2005/12/30 18:01:13 GMT


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