NBC's Engel would 'rather forget' Syria kidnap

FILE - In this Monday, May 18, 2009 file photo, Richard Engel attends the Peabody Awards held at the Waldorf Astoria in New York. NBC's chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel and his production team were released unharmed Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012 after being held captive for five days inside Syria by an "unknown group," the network said. Engel, 39, has been reporting on the Syrian civil war, which has killed more than 40,000 people since March 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, File)

BEIRUT (AP) — NBC's chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel has told Turkish media that he would "rather forget" the five difficult days he spent in captivity inside Syria.

NBC said Tuesday that Engel and members of his production crew have been freed unharmed following a firefight at a checkpoint in Syria on Monday. The team was taken prisoner Thursday.

Engel crossed back into Turkey on Tuesday. He told the Turkish news agency Anadolu that he and his colleagues are "very happy to be out" and they are "very tired." He said they'll all be talking more in coming days.

Engel was shown hugging two members of his team, and all were smiling broadly.