Yemen hostage shootout: U.S. didn't know about negotiations

December 8, 2014 12:24 PM

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Yemen hostage shootout: U.S. didn't know about negotiations

Washington did not know about advanced negotiations to release South African teacher Pierre Korkie before he was killed in a failed U.S.-led mission to rescue hostages held by al-Qaeda in Yemen, the U.S. ambassador to South Africa said on Monday.

Pierre Korkie, 56, and American journalist Luke Somers, 33, died of wounds after being shot during a special forces raid intended to free Somers shortly after midnight on Saturday. Washington says they were killed by their captors, members of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

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