Pierre Korkie dies in botched

Pierre Korkie dies in botched US rescue, fourth South African killed in Middle East in a week

Just a week after the horrific death of South African aid worker Werner Groenewald and his teenage children, Jean-Pierre and Rode; a failed attempt to rescue American photojournalist Luke Somers by US special forces resulted in the death of Korkie.

Pierre Korkie dies in botched

Early Saturday morning Pierre Korkie’s wife, Yolande, got the news that her husband would be released in a matter of hours. It seemed as if a 19 month saga involving Al-Qaeda had finally come to an end. The Islamic militants had kidnapped Yolande and Pierre in Yemen, and released her a few months ago.

A few hours later she was crushed by the news that 56 year-old Pierre had died in a failed US rescue mission, personally approved by US president Barack Obama. The rescue attempt was meant for US photojournalist Luke Somers, who also perished in the operation.

Korkie’s death came a week after South African aid worker Werner Groenewald and his teenage children, Jean-Pierre, 17, and Rode, 15, were killed in Kabul, Afghanistan by the Taliban.

According to the charity Gift of the Givers, who helped secure Yolande’s release in January, Pierre’s release was guaranteed. Earlier this week the organisation told Yolande that her husband would be home before Christmas.

“All logistical arrangements were in place to safely fly Pierre out of Yemen under diplomatic cover, then to meet with family members in a safe country, fly to South Africa, and directly to hospital for total medical evaluation and appropriate intervention.”

Unfortunately, this never happened, and instead Korkie’s corpse is being flown home.

Educational charity worker Werner Groenewald and his two teenage children were killed in a Taliban attack in Kabul just over a week ago. The attack prompted the resignation of the city’s police chief, Gen Zahir Zahir, after a spate of recent attacks.

Werner and Hannelie Groenewald

Taliban spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahid, claimed on Twitter that the compound was the base for a covert Christian missionary group, prompting their extermination by the Islamic terror group.

The attack happened at the offices of the Partnership in Academics and Development (PAD) in Kabul, where Groenewald worked, and lived with his wife Hannelie and two teenagers. Hannelie was fortunate — or unfortunate — enough to have been called out to the hospital where she worked earlier that morning.