Murdered Korkie's body coming home

2014-12-07 17:39

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Johannesburg - The body of Pierre Korkie, who was killed during a failed attempt by US-led forces to free hostages from militants in Yemen, is expected to arrive back in South Africa on Monday, the government said on Sunday.

In a statement, the government said it was saddened by Korkie's death, and expressed its "firm and unconditional condemnation of all forms of terrorism that invariably result in the senseless suffering and loss of innocent lives".

Korkie, 57, who had been held captive since May 2013, was killed along with American photojournalist Luke Somers when US commandos stormed an al-Qaeda hideout early on Saturday.

Gift of the Givers founder Imtiaz Sooliman on Saturday told eNCA they had reached an agreement with al-Qaeda that Korkie would be released on Sunday.

Sapa reported on Sundat that Korkie's family was devastated to hear he was killed in the botched rescue mission.

"We are devastated but I know all of you are devastated," Korkie's wife Yolande said in a text message to Sooliman.

Reporting from Sanaa, AFP quoted a US official as saying they had ha no option but to launch the mission. 

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