The US Embassy offers its deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of Pierre Korkie, a South African citizen murdered by terrorists along with U.S. citizen Luke Somers during a rescue operation by U.S. and Yemeni security forces on December 5.
Just as we are joined in the common struggle against violent extremists, the U.S. and South Africa share in the pain of losing citizens to the threat posed by them.
Together with his wife Yolande, Pierre Korkie was working as a compassionate educator helping the people of Yemen when both were abducted over a year ago.
The United States remains determined to do our utmost to hold those who have done our citizens harm accountable.
This heartbreaking incident is a reminder of the need for all governments to unite against the common threat posed to all of our citizens.