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Ecuador president says journalists were killed

Published:Saturday | April 14, 2018 | 12:08 AM


QUITO, Ecuador (AP): The Latest on the kidnapping of Ecuadorean press workers.

Ecuador's President Lenin Moreno has confirmed the deaths of three press workers kidnapped along the country's conflictive border with Colombia.

Moreno spoke yesterday after a 12-hour deadline ended with the captors failing to meet his demands they demonstrate the hostages were still alive or face a military strike.

He said the government has obtained new information that confirmed the journalists were killed. On Thursday a Colombian TV network said it obtained gruesome photos purporting to show the bodies of the three men.

The three employees of Ecuador's El Comercio newspaper were taken hostage three weeks ago by a holdout faction of the demobilised Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia while investigating a rise in drug-fueled violence along Ecuador's northern border.