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(NEWSER) – The US had no idea that South African Pierre Korkie was being held with American Luke Somers before the raid that both men died in, officials say. A US official tells the BBC that special forces were "unaware" of the identity of the other hostage being held with Somers by militants in Yemen, and the American ambassador in South Africa tells the AP that the US was "unaware of ongoing negotiations that had any resolution" between the charity Korkie worked for and the militants.

The charity, Gift of the Givers, says it had negotiated Korkie's release and it was expecting al-Qaeda to free him yesterday. Instead, his body is on its way back to his homeland.

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