NBC reporter Richard Engel freed

7:53 AM, Dec 18, 2012   |    comments
NBC chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel/NBC
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A reporter and his crew -- held for five days in Syria -- have been freed.

NBC News says its chief foreign correspondent, Richard Engel, is safe, unharmed and now out of the country.

The network says they disappeared shortly after crossing into northwest Syria from Turkey on Thursday.

It says they were finally freed Monday in a firefight at a checkpoint manned by rebel fighters, which they ran into as they were being moved.

NBC said while the crew was missing, there was no claim of responsibility, no contact with the captors and no request for ransom.

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