Korkie: Dog betrayed US rescue attempt, says report

2014-12-08 09:00

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Johannesburg - A barking dog betrayed the presence of US Seals on a mission to save hostages held by al-Qaeda in Yemen, Beeld newspaper reported on Monday.

Beeld, quoting from intelligence reports, said US Seals (Sea, air and land teams) walked more than 11km on Friday night to a hamlet in the Sjabwah area where the hostages were being held.

They were about 100m from the buildings where al-Qaeda members were hiding when a dog barked.

The soldiers and extremists opened fire and one extremist was seen running to an outside room.

It is believed that he shot the hostages - South African teacher Pierre Korkie and American photojournalist Luke Somers.

The US Seals found Korkie and Somers in an outside room after a 30-minute shoot-out with the hostage takers.

Ten extremists were also killed.

Both Korkie and Somers were critically wounded and were airlifted in a V-22 Osprey plane to a US ship in the Gulf of Aden.

Medical personnel performed emergency operations on both Korkie and Somers in the aircraft, but Korkie died before it reached the ship; and Somers died shortly after arriving on the ship.

Korkie's body is expected back in South Africa on Monday.

Read more on:    al-qaeda  |  luke somers  |  pierre korkie  |  us  |  yemen  |  abductions

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