US hostage killed in Yemen - sister

2014-12-06 11:02
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Cairo - The sister of US photojournalist Luke Somers says he has been killed in a failed rescue attempt in Yemen.

Lucy Somers told The Associated Press on Saturday that she learnt of her 33-year-old brother's death from FBI agents.

There was no immediate comment from Washington.

Lucy Somers said: "We ask that all of Luke's family members be allowed to mourn in peace."

Luke Somers was abducted in September 2013 in Yemen's capital, Sanaa. This week, the Pentagon confirmed it launched an earlier failed raid to rescue him.

Somers' death comes as a Yemeni security official said a suspected US drone strike at dawn on Saturday killed nine alleged al-Qaeda militants in the country's southern Shabwa province. Tribal leaders said they saw helicopters flying nearby after the strike.


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