An infamous and powerful Haitian gang, known as the 400 Mawozo, is believed to be responsible for the Sunday abduction of 17 missionaries of the Ohio-based Christian Aid Ministries. The victims, 16 Americans, and one Canadian include five children. One of the children is only two years old.

The missionaries were abducted in the town of Ganthier east of the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince on Saturday, after leaving an orphanage in the area, Haitian police told the media.

The gang is expected to demand a one-million-dollars ransom for each victim.

The gang was also blamed for kidnapping five priests and two nuns in April of this year. In that case, they had demanded a one-million-dollars ransom for each. The priests and nuns were released after negotiations, although it is unclear whether any ransom was paid.