Christian Aid Ministries says a Canadian was among 17 missionaries allegedly kidnapped in Haiti on Saturday.
The U.S.-based mission organization says five children are also believed to be in the group.
The organization says they were on a trip to visit an orphanage.
Haitian police Insp. Frantz Champagne says the 400 Mawozo gang kidnapped the group in Ganthier, a commune east of the capital Port-au-Prince.
Authorities say the gang, whose name roughly translates to 400 "inexperienced men," controls the Croix-des-Bouquets area that includes Ganthier.
The island nation is once again struggling with a spike in gang-related kidnappings that had diminished in recent months.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 17, 2021.
-with files from The Associated Press.
The Canadian Press