NBC news team freed in Syria after firefight

By REUTERS
December 18, 2012 15:17

 
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An NBC news team, including chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel, was freed in Syria on Monday after an Islamist rebel group killed two of their kidnappers at a checkpoint, the network reported on its website on Tuesday.

The team, which later spoke live on the network, were held captive by an unidentified group for five days.

Engel, 39, along with other employees the network did not identify, disappeared shortly after crossing into northwestern Syria from Turkey on Thursday. The network had not been able to contact them until they were freed.

"It was a very traumatic experience," Engel said on NBC's "Today" program.

Engel, speaking from Antakya, Turkey, said they were not physically beaten but there was psychological torture, including threats of being killed and mock shootings.

The network said the team was bounded and blindfolded but not harmed. There was no claim of responsibility and no request for ransom, NBC said.

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