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Colombia says 2 more journalists missing in rough area

  • This undated photo, courtesy of El Tiempo newspaper, shows Salud Hernandez-Mora, correspondent in Colombia for Spain's El Mundo and columnist for the Bogota daily El Tiempo, working in an unknown location in Colombia. Security forces are searching for Hernandez-Mora, who was last seen on Saturday, May 21, 2016 in El Tarra, on the northeastern Colombia's border with Venezuela, a mountainous area dominated by leftist rebels and drug-traffickers. (El Tiempo via AP)

    This undated photo, courtesy of El Tiempo newspaper, shows Salud Hernandez-Mora, correspondent in Colombia for Spain's El Mundo and columnist for the Bogota daily El Tiempo, working in an unknown location in Colombia. Security forces are searching for Hernandez-Mora, who was last seen on Saturday, May 21, 2016 in El Tarra, on the northeastern Colombia's border with Venezuela, a mountainous area dominated by leftist rebels and drug-traffickers. (El Tiempo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • This undated photo, courtesy of El Tiempo newspaper, shows Salud Hernandez-Mora, correspondent in Colombia for Spain's El Mundo and columnist for the Bogota daily El Tiempo, working in an unknown location in Colombia. Security forces are searching for Hernandez-Mora, who was last seen on Saturday, May 21, 2016 in El Tarra, on the northeastern Colombia's border with Venezuela, a mountainous area dominated by leftist rebels and drug-traffickers. (El Tiempo via AP)

    This undated photo, courtesy of El Tiempo newspaper, shows Salud Hernandez-Mora, correspondent in Colombia for Spain's El Mundo and columnist for the Bogota daily El Tiempo, working in an unknown location in Colombia. Security forces are searching for Hernandez-Mora, who was last seen on Saturday, May 21, 2016 in El Tarra, on the northeastern Colombia's border with Venezuela, a mountainous area dominated by leftist rebels and drug-traffickers. (El Tiempo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos says two additional journalists are missing in a lawless part of the country where security forces are already hunting for a Spanish journalist.

Santos said Tuesday two journalists from right-leaning RCN network are unaccounted for and are being sought.

Officials already have been seeking Salud Hernandez-Mora, a longtime correspondent for Spain's El Mundo newspaper. She hasn't been seen or heard from since Saturday, when she took a motorcycle to an unknown destination in the Catatumbo region dominated by leftist rebels and drug traffickers.

Authorities say that a group of a half-dozen journalists who traveled to the volatile region to cover the search were stopped and had their equipment seized by an illegal armed group, which it did not specify.