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Three French Citizens Kidnapped in Haiti Released Unharmed


Authorities in Haiti say three French nationals and a Haitian kidnapped earlier this week have been released unharmed.

French and Haitian officials in Port-au-Prince say the hostages were set free by their captors Friday, apparently without any ransom having been paid. The three French nationals, including a nun in her 80s, were taken to the French Embassy.

The four kidnap victims were abducted Wednesday while traveling in a car between the Port-au-Prince airport and Cite Soleil, a slum near the capital. Authorities said Friday they had begun negotiating for the release of the captives after the kidnappers demanded a ransom.

A wave of kidnappings has plagued Haiti, where criminal gangs have flourished since President Jean-Bertrand Aristide was forced from office in 2004.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.