US hostage in Yemen died in failed rescue attempt

December 6, 2014

American hostage Luke Somers and a second non-U.S. were killed in a rescue attempt Saturday in Yemen, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in a statement.

“Both Mr. Somers and a second non-U.S. citizen hostage were murdered by the AQAP terrorists during the course of the operation,” Hagel said . “On behalf of the men and women of the U.S. armed forces, I extend our condolences, thoughts, and prayers to their families and loved ones.

Numerous AQAP terrorists holding the hostages captive were killed in the mission.

The sister of Luke Somers first learned of her brother’s death from FBI agents. Lucy Somers told the Associated Press her family asks for peace.

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