(WASHINGTON POST) ANTAKYA, Turkey — NBC News correspondent Richard Engel and his four-man crew have been freed unharmed after five days of captivity inside Syria, and are safe in Turkey, the network announced early Tuesday.

The journalists were released Monday after a firefight between their captors and Syrian rebels at a checkpoint manned by the Ahrar al-Sham brigade, NBC said.

Engel, 39, is the network’s chief foreign correspondent. His televised reports from war zones and hot spots around the world are familiar to millions of Americans.

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