WASHINGTON: ‘ ADMITS THEY KNEW NOTHING OF TALKS TO FREE PIERRE KORKIE ‘

#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON: Dec.08 – The US did not know about talks on the reportedly imminent release of a South African hostage who died in a US raid on Al-Qaeda militants in Yemen, AP quoted the US ambassador in South Africa, Patrick Gaspard, as saying Monday.

' Pierre Korkie Killed with Luke Somers '

‘ Pierre Korkie Killed with Luke Somers ‘

The South African humanitarian relief group Gift of the Givers had been acting on behalf of the family of hostage Pierre Korkie.

American hostage Luke Somers and Korkie were killed Saturday during a US-led rescue attempt, Gaspard said.

According to Ambassador Patrick Imtiaz Sooliman, founder of Gift of the Givers, Korkie was supposed to be released Sunday under a deal struck with Al-Qaeda.

The US carried out the raid because the militants had threatened to kill Somers, Gaspard said. Officials indicated that the US would continue to conduct such operations.

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