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American missionary kidnapped near capital

February 6, 2007


— Gunman seized an American missionary as he left a church near Haiti's capital and have demanded a ransom for his release, U.N. police said Monday.

Nathan Jean-Bieubonne, a U.S. citizen of Haitian descent, was abducted Sunday afternoon as he and three others drove home from church in Croix-de-Bouquets, a suburb of Port-au-Prince, U.N. police spokesman Fred Blaise said.

The kidnappers surrounded the 58-year-old pastor's all-terrain vehicle and forced him out at gunpoint, Blaise said. The other three passengers were left unharmed.

"The men who kidnapped him are in touch with the family to demand the ransom," Blaise said, declining to discuss the amount.

Blaise said a U.N. anti-kidnapping task force was working with Haitian police to recover Jean-Bieubonne, whose hometown in the U.S. and church denomination were not immediately available.


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