US, South African Hostages Luke Somers, SA Pierre Korkie killed in Yemen

New York, Dec 06:  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 attempt.

The operation was jointly carried out by the United States commandos and Yemeni special forces on Saturday in the southern, Shabwa region.

US President Barack Obama condemned Somers' 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.

According to the New York Times, Somers, 33, was apparently shot by his captors when the commandos reached him. Somers succumbed to his injuries while he was being flown to a United States naval ship in the region.

Somers, a freelance journalist, was abducted by al-Qaeda in the Yemeni capital, Sana, in September 2013.

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