We want to see Korkie's body - GotG

2014-12-06 14:50
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Johannesburg - South African Pierre Korkie's body must be seen to verify his death, founder Imtiaz Sooliman said on Saturday.

"The South African police negotiator in Yemen said they had pictures of Korkie’s body... But we want to see his body," he told reporters at a briefing in Johannesburg.

Earlier he confirmed that Korkie had been killed in a failed rescue operation in Yemen with American photographer Luke Somers.

The two were being held hostage by al-Qaeda militants.

Korkie and his wife Yolande were kidnapped by the militants in Taiz, Yemen, in May last year. Yolande was released on 10 January and returned to South Africa on 13 January.

The Gift of the Givers helped negotiate her release. At the time of the kidnapping, Korkie was a teacher in Yemen, while his wife did relief work in hospitals.

The kidnappers demanded about R32.5m in exchange for Korkie's safe return, but the operation failed.

On Friday, United States President Barack Obama ordered its special operation forces to conduct a mission in Yemen to rescue Somers and Korkie, the Associated Press reported.

Speaking in Afghanistan, US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said: "There were compelling reasons to believe Somers' life was in imminent danger."

"Several of the... terrorists holding the hostages captive were killed in the mission. The rescue attempt took place in central Yemen and was conducted in partnership with the government of Yemen."

Read more on:    gift of the givers  |  pierre korkie  |  pretoria  |  yemen  |  abductions

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