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Southern Africa's Archbishop responds to extremist murders

Posted on: December 8, 2014 2:32 PM
South African teacher Pierre Korkie had been abducted with his wife who was released in January.
Related Categories: Abp Makgoba, Southern Africa, USA

By ACNS staff

The Anglican Archbishop of Southern has spoken of his distress at the news of the murder of two hostages by Al-Qaeda in Yemen.

South African teacher Pierre Korkie and UK-born US journalist Luke Somers were killed on Saturday by the al-Qaeda militants during a failed rescue operation by joint US and Yemeni special forces in the southern Shabwa region.

Primate of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa and Archbishop of Cape Town Thabo Makgoba today issued a statement:

"Sad and shocked at the death of Pierre Korkie, we in the Anglican Church sends our condolences to his wife, Yolande, and their family.

"As we mourn his death and that of Luke Somers, we call on all nations involved to expose those who maintain the extremism of groups such as Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

"We need to ask who benefits from their terror tactics and what is missing in our efforts to end such hostage-taking and killing. And we need also to address the grievances which fuel such extremism.

"May the hope of Advent prevail and surround the world."