Dec 6 , 2014:US journalist Luke Somers and another man held by al-Qaeda in Yemen have been killed by militants during a rescue attempt by US special forces.
US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said the hostages were “murdered by… terrorists during the mission”.
He said there were “compelling reasons” to believe that Mr Somers’s life was in danger.
The second hostage has been named by a charity as South African teacher Pierre Korkie.
AQAP is regarded by the US as one of the deadliest offshoots of al-Qaeda.
The group is based in eastern Yemen and has built up support amid the unrest which has beset the impoverished country since the overthrow of President Ali Abdullah Saleh in 2011.