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S African hostage Pierre Korkie killed in rescue attempt

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.

Hagel confirms Somers died during rescue attempt

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.

Outgoing US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel confirmed the news during a visit to Kabul. Credit: SITE Intelligence Group

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".

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US 'unable to reveal result' of hostage rescue attempt

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.

Family says hostage Luke Somers has died in Yemen

The family of British-born hostage Luke Somers have told ITV News he has been killed.

Luke Somers, 33, was kidnapped in Yemen last year while he was working for the Yemen Times. Credit: SITE Intelligence Group

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.

Conflicting reports over fate of British-born hostage

There are conflicting reports about the fate of a British-born photographer held captive by an al Qaida-linked group in Yemen.

Photojournalist Luke Somers was kidnapped in Yemen. Credit: SITE Monitoring Group

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.

US-Yemen attempt rescue of hostage Luke Somers

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 rescue attempt was launched in the Shabwah Province. Credit: ITV News

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.

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Please free Luke, say family of captured photographer

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.

Family of British hostage freed in Yemen ask for privacy

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.

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