Abducted Michigan Missionary Now Free

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Gunmen freed a Michigan missionary on Friday, a day after he was shot in the arm and kidnapped, police said.

Phillip Snyder, 48, of Zeeland, Mich., was released after the
kidnappers were paid a ransom, said police Commissioner Francois
Henri Doussous, head of Haiti's anti-kidnapping unit.

"The American was released a few minutes ago," Doussous told
The Associated Press. "He is alive and well."

Doussous would not specify how much ransom was paid but said it
was "much less" than the $300,000 the kidnappers first sought.

It was not immediately clear who paid the ransom. The police
commander said the kidnappers were members of criminal gangs based
in Cite Soleil, a sprawling seaside slum that is a base for heavily
armed gangs blamed for kidnappings that have terrorized the capital
in recent months.

Snyder was being treated for his wound at a U.N. military
hospital near Cite Soleil. The president of Zeeland-based Glow
Ministries International was abducted Thursday on the main road
leading north from the Haitian capital.

In a separate incident, gunmen kidnapped 14 children and their
bus driver as they rode to school Thursday but they were released
unharmed hours later, police said. Doussous denied reports that a
ransom was paid for their release.


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