Deep in the southern jungles of Colombia, the first pictures have emerged of the spot where a French TV journalist was seized on Saturday, apparently by FARC rebels.
Locals have been showing bullet casings, said to have been used during the deadly ambush in which Romeo Langlois and government troops he was with were attacked by armed men.
Langlois was filming with an anti-drugs patrol. The army has now halted its operations in the zone, hoping the gesture will secure the reporter’s release.
Colombian Defence Minister Juan Carlos Pinzon said that if the FARC was holding the reporter, he must be released.
“First, he’s a journalist. Second, he’s a civilian. Third, they are violating all international and humanitarian laws,” he said.
A regional FARC unit claims it kidnapped Langlois.
The Red Cross is willing to help in any moves to free the journalist, said to be suffering from a gunshot wound to the arm.