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An American photojournalist held by al Qaeda militants in Yemen has been killed in a failed rescue attempt, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said Saturday.
"Yesterday, by order of the President of the United States, U.S. Special Operations Forces conducted a mission in Yemen to rescue a U.S. citizen, Luke Somers, and any other foreign nationals held hostage with him by al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) terrorists. There were compelling reasons to believe Mr. Somers' life was in imminent danger," 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. Several of the AQAP terrorists holding the hostages captive were killed in the mission, he said. Read more