The leader of the “400 Mawozo” group, which police say has taken 17 members of the US missionary group hostage, appeared in a video released Thursday and said he would kill all the missionaries if he didn’t get anything. what the group wants.
The video posted on social media shows Wilson Joseph, who is wearing a blue shirt, carrying a blue hat and wearing a large cross around his neck.
“I swear if I don’t get what I asked for, I will put a bullet in the head of this American,” he said in the video.
While speaking in front of a number of coffins that appeared to contain members of his group who had recently been killed, Joseph threatened Prime Minister Ariel Henry and Haitian National Police Chief Leon Charles.
“You make me cry, bring tears to my eyes. But I will make you cry blood,” he said.
Earlier this week authorities said the criminal group was demanding a ransom of one million dollars per person, although it was not clear if this also included the children in the kidnapped group, including an 8-month-old baby.
Sixteen Americans and one Canadian were abducted, along with their Haitian driver, by the group. [em/lt]