A British-born photographer held hostage by Al Qaida in Yemen has been killed in a failed rescue attempt, his sister has said.
Lucy Somers told the Associated Press that she was informed of her brother’s death by FBI agents today.
Luke Somers, 33, an American citizen, was captured in the Yemeni capital Sana’a more than a year ago by the extremist Islamic group.
Earlier this week Al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) issued a video with a message aimed at the US government threatening to kill the hostage if its demands were not met.
Lucy Somers said: “We ask that all of Luke’s family members be allowed to mourn in peace.”
Last week the US said it had attempted a rescue operation to free a number of hostages, including Mr Somers, but that he had not been at the site of the raid.
The family of Mr Somers, who was captured in September 2013, had earlier pleaded for him to be released.
In an online video Miss Somers described her older brother as a romantic who “always believes the best in people.” She added: “Please let him live.”
His father Michael said Mr Somers was “a good friend of Yemen and the Yemeni people”.