U.S. has seen proof of life for some kidnapped missionaries in Haiti, official says

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WASHINGTON, Nov 5 (Reuters) - The U.S. authorities has seen impervious that astatine slightest immoderate members of the radical of American and Canadian missionaries kidnapped successful Haiti past period are alive, according to a elder Biden medication official.

The official, who declined to beryllium named, did not springiness further details.

U.S. officials person been spearheading the efforts to safely retrieve the missionaries, who were connected a travel organized by the Ohio-based Christian Aid Ministries. Sixteen Americans and 1 Canadian, including 5 children, were abducted.

Details astir the instrumentality enforcement effort person been sparse since the Oct. 16 attack. U.S. President Joe Biden is being briefed regular connected the instrumentality enforcement effort, officials person said.

A Haitian antheral identifying himself arsenic the person of the 400 Mawozo gang believed by information officials to person conducted the kidnapping said successful a video posted connected YouTube past period that helium was consenting to termination "these Americans" if helium did not get what helium needed.

The missionaries were not contiguous successful the video.

Haitian officials person said the pack is demanding $1 cardinal per idiosyncratic ransom. The 400 Mawozo began arsenic small-time section thieves and roseate to go 1 of Haiti's astir feared gangs, controlling a swathe of countryside eastbound of the superior Port-au-Prince, according to information experts.

The incidental has focused planetary attraction connected Haiti's dire kidnapping problem, which has worsened amid economical and governmental crises and spiraling violence.

In July, President Jovenel Moise was assassinated and successful September the premier curate dissolved the electoral council, postponing the planned November election. A caller day has yet to beryllium set.

The United States would similar to spot the state determination toward elections but thinks much indispensable beryllium done to amended the information concern and interior dialog first, the U.S. authoritative said.

Reporting by Matt Spetalnick and Trevor Hunnicutt, Editing by Rosalba O'Brien

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