December 18, 2012
This image taken from undated amateur video posted on the Internet shows NBC chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel, center, with an unidentified Turkish colleague, left, and NBC photographer John Kooistra, right, after they were taken hostage in Syria for five days. They finally escaped unharmed during a firefight between their captors and anti-regime rebels, Engel said Tuesday. The Arabic writing on the wall reads, “or we will burn.”
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NBC’s chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel said Tuesday he and members of his network crew escaped unharmed after five days of captivity in Syria, where more than a dozen pro-regime gunmen dragged them from their car, killed one of their rebel escorts and subjected them to mock executions.