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|Posted Tuesday, March 11, 2008
|Haitian police launched operation "wipe gangs out"
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) - U.N. and Haitian police have increased checkpoints and
launched anti-gang operations to combat a rash of kidnappings in the country's capital,
officials said Tuesday.
At least 67 people have been kidnapped across Haiti this year, with 12 taken so far in
March alone, said U.N. police spokesman Fred Blaise. Four people were snatched late Friday
and early Saturday in Port-au-Prince, including a French national, said Haitian police
spokesman Frantz Lerebours.
The French Embassy in Port-au-Prince confirmed the kidnapping but declined to release
On Monday, police arrested three suspected kidnappers during a daylight raid in the
Port-au-Prince neighborhood of Delmas, Blaise said. The raid caused a panic in the
neighborhood and prompted a nearby high school to cancel classes, although the students
were never in danger, Radio Kiskeya reported.
U.N. police did not say if any kidnap victims were freed during the raid.
wehaitians.com: In 2005 a total of 634 people were kidnapped for ransom; 2006, 488;
2007, 379. Source: The French embassy, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
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