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US hostage Luke Somers and South African Pierre Korkie killed during Yemen rescue bid

UK-born US journalist Luke Somers and South African teacher Pierre Korkie have been killed by al-Qaeda militants in Yemen during a failed rescue bid.

Saturday's operation was carried out by joint US and Yemeni special forces in the southern Shabwa region.

US President Barack Obama condemned Mr Somers's death as a "barbaric murder".

They were being held by militants from al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), regarded by the US as one of the deadliest offshoots of al-Qaeda.

Speaking to the BBC, counter-terrorism expert and hostage negotiator Will Geddes said: "There was probably very little other option than to try and mount a rescue attempt."

  • 06 Dec 2014
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