French Journalist covering Colombian security forces gets injured, goes missing as a spectator to a deadly gun battle

by Colonel on May 1, 2012

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“A French journalist reporting alongside Colombian security forces tracking drug-funded FARC rebels was injured and then disappeared after a gunbattle that killed three soldiers and a police official, the Defense Ministry said on Sunday.

Romeo Langlois, a freelance reporter for French news channel France 24, was taken prisoner on Saturday by the Marxist guerrillas, but Colombia’s Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzon couldn’t confirm his capture.

Langlois went missing after being caught in a firefight with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, known as the FARC. The fight broke out as police and military personnel sought to dismantle drug laboratories in the jungles.

“We demand that the terrorist organization of the FARC, if they have him, must respect his life and they are responsible for anything that happens to him if they have him their power,” he said.” — Helen Murphy and Luis Jaime Acosta, Copyright 2012 Thomson Reuters

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