U.S. Hostage Luke Somers Killed During Special Ops Rescue Attempt In Yemen; Several Captors And A South African Hostage Also Killed
American photo-journalist Luke Somers, held as a hostage for more than a year in Yemen by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), was killed overnight during a failed U.S. Special Operations rescue attempt.. The New York Times is reporting this morning (Dec. 6, 2014) that Mr. Somers was apparently shot by his captors as the raid unfolded. According to the Times, Mr. Summers was badly wounded when U.S. commandos reached him; and, he was subsequently flown to a U.S. naval ship in the region in an attempt to save his life. Another hostage, South African Pierre Korkie was also killed in the operation. The raid took place in the southern Yemeni province of Shabwa On Wednesday, the AQAP had threatened to execute Mr. Somers by the end of this week — if there demands were not met.
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel released a statement overnight saying, “The U.S. Special Operations Command conducted a rescue mission amid “compelling reasons” to believe Somers; life was in imminent danger. V/R, RCP