NBC News chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel issued a statement on Wednesday correcting details about the gunmen who kidnapped him and his crew in Syria in December 2012.
In his statement, Engel said that following the incident, he incorrectly claimed that Shiite gunmen of the Shabiha militia loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad kidnapped him and his team.
However, after an inquiry from the New York Times about the incident, Engel and his team discovered that they were abducted by a Sunni militant group who merely claimed to be affiliated with the Shabiha. The NBC team was also likely freed by a rebel group with ties to the gunmen that kidnapped them.
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