PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A religious group based in Ohio announced Monday that a violent gang in Haiti has released three more hostages, while another 12 remain abducted.

The statement from Christian Aid Ministries said the people were released on Sunday in Haiti and are “safe and seem to be in good spirits.” The group provided no further details.

It was announced by the 400 Mawozo that they had freed the two first hostages from a group 17 kidnapped mid-October. In the 16-member group, there are five adults and six children and one Canadian. The 8-month old is also included in this group.

If he doesn’t get his demands met, the leader of 400 Mawozo has threatened to murder the hostages. Authorities have said the gang was seeking $1 million per person, although it wasn’t immediately clear that included the children in the group.

“We are thankful to God that three more hostages were released last night,” said the statement from Christian Aid Ministries, an Anabaptist missions organization based in Berlin, Ohio. “As with the previous release, we are not able to provide the names of the people released, the circumstances of the release, or any other details.”

The group reiterated its request for supporters to devote Monday through Wednesday as days of prayer and fasting “to intercede for those who are still being held as well as those who have been released.”

This release is occurring amid an increase in kidnappings at Port-au-Prince, the capital, and other areas in Haiti. Haiti still has to heal from July 7, presidential assassination and the 7.2 magnitude earthquake in August.

On Sunday, a gang leader known as “Ti Lapli” posted a YouTube video warning people not to cross in upcoming days through the Martissant community, which has been the site of violent clashes between warring gangs.

“Insecurity has increased,” the gang leader said. “I invite the people of Martissant to stock up on food and gasoline. The next few days will be difficult… We will not remain with our arms crossed in face of those who try to destroy us.”

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Smith reported from Pittsburgh.

Source: HuffPost.com.

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