Korkie’s body arrives in SA

2014-12-09 07:28

Pretoria - The body of Pierre Korkie arrived at Waterkloof air base on Tuesday morning.

The body was received by Korkie’s family, government officials and the US ambassador, tweeted Eyewitness News Reporter.

A post mortem will first be conducted on his body before it is handed over to his family for burial.

Yolande Korkie, Pierre's wife, will brief the media later on Tuesday, tweeted Netwerk24 reporter Erika Gibson.

Korkie and American photographer Luke Somers were killed during an attempt by US special forces to free them from their al-Qaeda captors in Yemen in the early hours of Saturday, Sapa reports.

Korkie and his wife were kidnapped by militants in Taiz, Yemen.

At the time of the kidnapping, he was a teacher, while his wife did relief work in hospitals.

According to a White House statement on Saturday, US President Barack Obama said the rescue operation was necessary as Somers's life was in imminent danger.

He cited a video released by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula on Thursday in which they threatened to kill Somers within 72 hours.

The Gift of the Givers foundation, which helped in negotiating with al-Qaeda, said Korkie died a day before he was due to be released following a negotiated deal.

Tribal families had been paid $200 000 in compensation for the deaths of their relatives, killed during a US drone attack, while trying to help free Korkie.

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

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