Veteran war reporter Richard Engel and his crew were freed by captors in Syria Monday after being held for five days. The NBC News chief foreign correspondent and his team are reportedly “safely out of the country” and the network says its employees were unharmed by the kidnappers.

Friends, media colleagues and concerned citizens waking up to the news expressed their relief on Twitter.

Engel and his team are expected to appear on the “Today Show” this morning.

Update:

From the “Today Show” appearance:

While NBC says the kidnappers were from “an unknown group,” Engel speculated on the abductors’ loyalties:

Previously:

Rumor mill: NBC News reporter Richard Engel missing in Syria?; Update: NBC can’t reach Engel this morning

NBC News tries, fails, to eliminate tweets about Richard Engel’s disappearance

  • Turning Leaves

    “They kept us blindfolded, bound…It was a lot of psychological torture.”

    They made them listen to MSNBC? That’s horrible.

  • Turning Leaves

    “They kept us blindfolded, bound…It was a lot of psychological torture.”

    They made them listen to MSNBC? That’s horrible.

  • conservativechick

    I bet anything GUNS were involved in that rescue!

    • TomJB

      No, that tweet specifically said a “firefight ensued” They must have been wielding sticks a-fire like swords.

    • TomJB

      And they should consider themselves extremely lucky to be home in 1 piece. Unlike former colleague Daniel Pearl.

  • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

    How can they be relieved to hear about the end of an event they ignored?

  • Al Waishard

    They were probably on a week long hookah binge

  • Lord Foggybottom

    I can see by the lack of comments I’m not the only one who doesn’t give a shit.

  • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ PennyRobinsonFanClub

    Are they beating their breasts wondering what they could have done to so offend their peaceful hosts?

  • Eagle_hs_landed

    Funny how that happened right after the story broke. Also, why isn’t it “alleged” kidnapping, you know, like they do for every one else’s story?

  • http://www.facebook.com/kathleen.cookbrewer Kathleen Cook Brewer

    Am I a terrible person because, let’s face it, these are reporters (or as I like to refer to them…bottom-feeders), and this doesn’t even ping my ‘give-a-damn-o-meter’?

  • Justin Case

    I call BS. Sounds almost as true as Hilary’s concussion.