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American freed by North Korea lands in Ohio

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 00:59

Jeffrey Fowle, one of three Americans detained by North Korea, has arrived in Ohio after being unexpectedly released by the reclusive nation. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) One of three Americans detained in North Korea returned home to Ohio on Wednesday (October 22) morning after being unexpectedly freed by the reclusive nation. Jeffrey Fowle, 56, landed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base just east of Dayton, Ohio, and was immediately greeted by his family. Fowle was arrested in May for leaving a Bible at a sailor's club in the North Korean city of Chongjin, where he was traveling as a tourist. Pyongyang's state KCNA news agency said that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un released Fowle taking into consideration "repeated requests" of U.S. President Barack Obama. "The criminal was handed over to the U.S. side according to a relevant legal procedure," KCNA said. Fowle was unexpectedly freed on Tuesday and flown from Pyongyang on a U.S. government plane amid growing international pressure on North Korea over its human rights record.

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American freed by North Korea lands in Ohio

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 00:59