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The family of Luke Somers, the British-born US citizen killed by al Qaida militants in Yemen on Saturday, have told reporters they are angry about the US military's failed rescue attempt and said they were "kept in the dark" about the mission.
Somer's step-mother Penny Bearman told The Times(£) her husband was “quite angry . . . because if there had not been a rescue attempt he would still be alive.”
Bearman added that a military raid to save him is not what her step-son would have wanted.
She said: “We are sure that Luke would have given support to the ongoing discussions [to secure his release] in Yemen rather than the conflict approach."
The South African government said it was saddened by the death of hostage Pierre Korkie, who was killed during a failed US rescue mission in Yemen.
In a statement, the government expressed its "firm and unconditional condemnation of all forms of terrorism that invariably result in the senseless suffering and loss of innocent lives".
The South African government have confirmed that the body of slain hostage Pierre Korkie will be returned home tomorrow.
Korkie had been due to be released by al Qaida militants but died alongside fellow hostage Luke Somers during a failed US military rescue mission yesterday.
Reports have suggested that US forces, who launched a rescue mission to try and save photojournalist Luke Somers from al Qaida in Yemen, did not know the identity of the second hostage also being held by the rebel group.
A US official told the BBC that US special forces were unaware South African national Pierre Korkie was being held hostage when they launched their raid to free Somers yesterday.
Korkie had been due to be released by the end of the weekend but died alongside Somers after being shot by militants during the raid.
A statement on charity website Gift of the Givers, who had been arranging Korkie's release, confirms: "Pierre was to be released by al Qaida."
The US President Barack Obama and Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond have condemned the killing to two western hostages held in Yemen.
British-born American Luke Somers and South African Pierre Korkie died during a failed rescue mission, launched by the US a few days ago after it said there were "compelling reasons" the men's lives were in danger. Duncan Golestani reports.
Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond today offered his condolences to the families of Mr Somers and Mr Korkie.
Mr Hammond said: "My deepest condolences are with the families of both hostages at this time. We utterly condemn AQAP for the brutal murder of these two men."
He added: "I salute the forces involved, who showed great courage in carrying out this mission.
"We continue to work with our international and Yemeni partners to counter the threat from al Qaida and other terrorist groups."
The step-mother of Luke Somers, the British-born US citizen killed in Yemen after being kidnapped last September, said paid tribute to his professional achievements in a statement to ITV News.
Penny Bearman, Luke's father's wife, said she believed he would want issues of extremism and terrorism to be addressed by dialogue.
The South African government will "ensure" that the body of murdered Pierre Korkie will be brought home following reports of his death today.
Korkie died alongside fellow hostage Luke Somers during a rescue attempt by US special forces in Yemen.
Nelson Kgwete, a spokesman for the Department of International Relations and Cooperation for the Republic of South Africa, said: "We have been informed that the American special forces are now in possession of Mr Korkie's body.
"We will arrange with them and the government of Yemen to ensure that we repatriate Pierre's remains to South Africa."
US President Barack Obama has called the death of Luke Somers at the hands of al Qaida militants a "barbaric murder".
Somers was killed during a rescue operation by US forces in Yemen this morning.
Obama offered his condolences to the Somers' family, and the family of a non-US citizen hostage who was also killed during the rescue operation, after hearing of their deaths.
"As this and previous hostage rescue operations demonstrate, the US will spare no effort to use all of its military, intelligence and diplomatic capabilities to bring Americans home safely, wherever they are located," Obama added.
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.
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