Haiti: 'I will put a bullet in the heads of these Americans' - Gang leader behind kidnap demands ransom in video

A Haitian gang leader has threatened to kill 17 kidnapped American and Canadian missionaries if he is not given millions in ransom money

10/22/2021 10:36:00 AM

A Haitian gang leader has threatened to kill 17 kidnapped American and Canadian missionaries if he is not given millions in ransom money

The leader of the 400 Mawozo gang appeared in a video on social media in which he threatened to 'put a bullet in the heads of these Americans'.

A Haitian gang leader has threatened to kill 17 kidnapped American and Canadian missionaries if he is not given millions in ransom money.In a video posted on YouTube, the leader of the 400 Mawozo gang that abducted the group said:"I swear by thunder that if I don't get what I'm asking for, I will put a bullet in the heads of these Americans."

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Wilson Joseph, who was dressed in a blue suit, carrying a blue hat and wearing a large cross around his neck, also threatened Prime Minister Ariel Henry and Haiti's national police chief.Image:An aerial view of Christian Aid Ministries headquarters in Titanyen, Haiti. Pic: AP

Speaking in front of open coffins that apparently held several members of his gang who were recently killed, he said:"You guys make me cry. I cry water. But I'm going to make you guys cry blood."There was no immediate comment from Mr Henry or the national police chief, but on Thursday afternoon the president announced that the current national police chief Leon Charles had resigned and was being replaced by Frantz Elbe. headtopics.com

Advertisement"We would like for public peace to be restored, that we return to normal life and that we regain our way to democracy," Mr Henry said.Earlier this week, authorities said the gang was demanding $1m (£720,000) for each person kidnapped, but it was not immediately clear if this included the five children in the group, one of whom is eight months old.

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