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Американские силы специального назначения предприняли попытку спасти заложника.

К огромному сожалению, попытка неудачна.

Заложник погиб.

U.S. Special Forces members got within about 100 meters of the Yemen compound in which Al Qaeda affiliates were holding American hostage Luke Somers before his captors discovered them and foiled the raid, Defense Department officials said Saturday.

The rescue mission was the second in recent weeks and an eleventh-hour attempt to save Somers, following a threat late Wednesday by al Qaeda Arab Peninsula, backed by intelligence reports, that he would be killed on Saturday morning unless unspecified demands were met.

Defense officials said the team of roughly 40 U.S. commandos touched down in Osprey helicopters about 10 kilometers from the new hostage site, then continued on foot across rugged terrain under the cover of night.

At some point early in the roughly five-to-10-minute firefight, an Al Qaeda member apparently went into the holding chamber and shot Somers, 33, and South African Pierre Korkie.

Both were alive and received emergency care from surgeons onboard the V-22 helicopters but neither could be saved, officials said.

One victim died en route to the USS Makin Island and the other died aboard the U.S. warship.

Officials have not said how the U.S. commandos were discovered.

However, none was killed or injured in the mission, which lasted roughly 30 minutes and included rescuing Korkie, a teacher, and +Somers, an American photo-journalist with duel U.S.-British citizenship.

At least five members of al Qaeda were killed in the fight but none was taken hostage.

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