Barking dog betrayed US rescue attempt: report

By admin
08 December 2014

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 11 kilometres on Friday night to a hamlet in the Sjabwah area where the hostages were being held.

They were about 100 metres 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.

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