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Al-Qaeda kills hostages as US tries dramatic rescue bid

An image taken from a propaganda video released by al-Malahem Media on December 4, 2014 purportedly shows US hostage Luke Somers, 33, kidnapped more than a year ago in the Yemeni capital Sanaa, saying that his life is in dangerAl-Qaeda militants in Yemen killed two hostages — an American and a South African — during a pre-dawn gunfight as US special forces came agonisingly near to springing them free during a rescue attempt. American photojournalist Luke Somers and South African teacher Pierre Korkie were both shot but still alive as commandoes tried to rush them to safety early on Saturday, and later died of their wounds, US officials said. US President Barack Obama accused the jihadists of “barbaric murder”, after authorising the operation following the release of an Al-Qaeda video in which Somers pleaded for his life.

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