Al-Qaeda blames US for Korkie’s death

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Sana’a - Al-Qaeda blamed US President Barack Obama for the deaths of two hostages - South African teacher Pierre Korkie and an American photojournalist - during a failed rescue attempt over the weekend, in a video message released on Thursday.

“Obama made the wrong decision, and signed the death warrant for his American compatriot” Luke Somers, who along with Korkie was killed on Saturday, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (Aqap) official Nasser bin Ali al-Ansi said in the video.

Somers and Korkie were shot and fatally wounded by their captors when US commandos stormed an al-Qaeda hideout in southwestern Yemen.

The failed raid came just a day before Korkie was due to be released under a deal with the kidnappers and the Gift of the Givers NGO.

Exploiting instability

US-based monitoring agency Site Intelligence Group said Somers was seized in the Yemeni capital in September 2013. Korkie was abducted together with his wife in May 2013, but she was released in January.

Aqap, considered by Washington as the most dangerous affiliate of al-Qaeda, has exploited instability in the impoverished country since a 2011 uprising forced Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down as president.

And in recent years the group has carried out a growing number of abductions, with several hostages still in captivity.

Read more on:    al-qaeda  |  gift of the givers  |  pierre korkie  |  us  |  yemen  |  abductions

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