You never want anyone captured during a war–especially a non-combatant. NBC’s Richard Engle and his production team were reporting on the Syrian “Civil War” and was captured by forces loyal to Syrian President Assad. After being held for 5 Days, thank God, Engle and his crew were released.
Engle appeared on the Today show this morning to tell his story.
“It is good to be here,” Engel said during a live appearance on TODAY from Turkey. “I’m very happy that we’re able to do this live shot this morning.”
Engel said that they were traveling with Syrian rebels when a group of about 15 gunmen “jumped out the trees and bushes” and captured them.
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Engle explained that they suffered “psychological torture” as their captors pretended to shoot members of their team while they were blindfolded.
The kidnappers were “Shabiha,” Engle reported, a government militia loyal to Syrian President Assad.
The group ran into a rebel checkpoint while traveling in a van. During the firefight which ensued, some of the kidnappers were killed, and Engle and his team were rescued.
Watch the interview below: