South African hostage Pierre Korkie was killed alongside Luke Somers during a rescue attempt by US special forces in Yemen, charity Gift of the Givers has said.
We received news that Pierre was killed in an attempt by American Special Forces, early hours this morning, 2free hostages in Yemen.
US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has confirmed Luke Somers and a non-US hostage have been killed by al Qaida militants during a rescue attempt.
Hagel said during a visit to the Afghan capital Kabul that there were "compelling reasons" to believe the 33-year-old photojournalist's life was in danger.
The outgoing Defence Secretary described Somers' death as "murder".
US forces conducted a mission yesterday to rescue Luke Somers, an American citizen who was born in Britain, Reuters reported, citing a US defence official.
Although the unnamed official said they were aware of reports that Somers had died, they were unable to reveal more details about the operation or its result.
The family of British-born hostage Luke Somers have told ITV News he has been killed.
Somers was kidnapped by an al Qaida-linked group in September last year while he was working for the Yemen Times.
Somers' family said they were informed of his death by the FBI this morning.
There are conflicting reports about the fate of a British-born photographer held captive by an al Qaida-linked group in Yemen.
While the Associated Press, quoting Luke Somers' sister, reports the American citizen has been killed in a failed rescue attempt, Reuters reports he was freed during a raid.
A joint US-Yemeni military operation to free hostage Luke Somers, an American citizen who was born in Britain, took place earlier today, NBC News reported, citing local officials.
The 33-year-old's status was not immediately clear, but 10 militants were killed in the operation, a Yemen interior ministry official told the news channel.
The family of a British-born photojournalist taken hostage by an al Qaida-linked group have pleaded with his captors to let him live.
Luke Somers was kidnapped in Yemen, where he worked for the Yemen Times, in September last year.
The militant group posted a video on Thursday threatening to kill the 33-year-old, who now lives in America, in three days if the US did not meet their demands.
In a video Mr Somers' sister Lucy pleaded, "Please let him live".
His father Michael Somers said in a statement his son was a "good friend of the Yemeni people" and asked for his safe release.
Mr Somers' brother Jordan and mother Paula made similar pleas in an earlier video.
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The family of a British man who has been released after being held hostage in Yemen have asked for privacy as they wait to be reunited.
A Foreign Office spokesman said Mike Harvey was released after the Yemeni government engaged with tribal intermediaries.
He added: "We are grateful to the government for their efforts and support."
The teacher was abducted on his way from an educational institute on February 12.
British national Mike Harvey has been safely released after being held hostage in the Yemeni capital Sanaa since February, the Foreign Office has said.