BOGOTA - A French journalist reporting alongside Colombian security forces tracking drug-funded rebels disappeared on Saturday after a gun battle with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, the Defense Ministry said.
Romeo Langlois, who local media said is a reporter for French news channel France 24, was caught in a firefight with the rebels, known as FARC, as police and military sought to dismantle drug laboratories in the jungles of Caqueta, southern Colombia.
Three soldiers and one police official died in the attack and six are missing, including Langlois, the Defense ministry said in a statement. Another four soldiers were injured.
The FARC, involved in the production of much of the world's cocaine, operates in southern Colombia, where the soil and humidity are perfect for cultivation of coca, the raw material for cocaine.