posted at 02:50
Author: Colin Daileda
American hostage Luke Somers killed during failed rescue attempt in Yemen
Lucy Somers told The Associated Press that she and her father learned of her 33-year-old brother Luke Somers' death from FBI agents Saturday. Luke Somers, a British-born American citizen, was apparently shot by his captors in the Yemeni province of Shabwa as the raid unfolded. The rescue attempt came after a video, released Wednesday, in which al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula commander Nasser bin Ali al-Ansi threatened to kill Somers in three days if the U.S. didn't meet the group's demands. Somers was likely among a group of hostages whom American and Yemeni troops tried to rescue in November. Though eight hostages got away safely, Somers was not found. Somers' capture has not been publicized, per his family's wishes, but he spoke in the video released on Wednesday, which was obtained by the SITE Intelligence Group. "It's now been well over a year since I've been kidnapped in Sanaa," Somers said. Somers' death follows a string of killings of American and British citizens by a group known as the Islamic State, which controls swaths of territory in Iraq and Syria.

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