Ecuador’s pres­i­dent con­firms deaths of kid­napped jour­nal­ists

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Pres­i­dent Lenin Moreno on Fri­day con­firmed that three press work­ers kid­napped along Ecuador’s bor­der with Colom­bia had been killed, open­ing the door to a mil­i­tary strike against their cap­tors.

Moreno spoke after a 12-hour dead­line ended with the cap­tors fail­ing to demon­strate the hostages were still alive.

He said troops would soon be de­ployed to the area where the em­ploy­ees of El Comer­cio news­pa­per were last seen nearly three weeks ago.

From staff and wire re­ports

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