After being held prisoner for five days by unidentified captors, the NBC News team was freed following a firefight at a Syrian checkpoint.
NBC News reported early Tuesday that its chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel and his network production team were freed from captors in Syria following a firefight at a checkpoint on Monday.
Engel, 39, and his team had been abducted and taken prisoner five days earlier, shortly after they crossed over the border into Syria from Turkey. The network said in a statement that the reporters were thrown into the back of a truck and blindfolded before being transported to an unknown location somewhere near the town of Ma’arrat Misrin. NBC executives were unable to contact them until learning that they had been freed on Monday. “After being kidnapped and held for five days inside Syria by an unknown group, NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel…
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