Richard Engel and crew freed afer 5-day Syria kidnapping

Posted at 7:02 PM, Dec 18, 2012
and last updated 2012-12-18 19:02:20-05

TURKEY (PIX11) – An NBC reporter and his crew spoke Tuesday of their overwhelming relief after being freed from kidnappers in Syria who kept them bound, blindfolded and repeatedly threatened to kill them during a five-day ordeal.

Speaking from Turkey, Richard Engel described on NBC’s “Today” show how he and his crew were seized by a group of masked, heavily armed men shortly after crossing into northwest Syria from Turkey on Thursday.

While the NBC crew members were bundled into a waiting container truck, one of the rebel fighters who had been escorting them into Syria was executed on the spot, Engel said.