2 hostages die in failed US rescue bid

December 7, 2014 7:15 AM

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2 hostages die in failed US rescue bid

SANA, Yemen — US commandos stormed a village in southern Yemen early Saturday in an effort to free an American photojournalist held hostage by Al Qaeda, but the raid ended horrifically, with the kidnappers killing the American and a South African held with him, US officials said.

The hostages — Luke Somers, 33, an American photojournalist, and Pierre Korkie, 56, a South African teacher — were killed by their captors, militants from Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, when they realized the rescue effort was underway.

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