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(CNN) Under the cover of darkness 40 special operations forces tried to storm a compound in a remote part of Yemen Friday where American Luke Somers and South African Pierre Korkie were being held.
The relief group Gift of the Givers, which was helping secure Korkie's release, had recently informed his wife that "the waiting is almost over." She went to bed Friday night thinking her husband would be on his way home, only to woke up the next morning to the news that he had been killed. She had been a hostage as well.
Some South Africans upset with the U.S. government for what happened, says Dr. Imtiaz Sooliman, chairman of Gift of the Givers. Sooliman, a friend of Korkie's, had negotiated his release of Korkie before the rescue operation was attempted.
"There's a lot of anger against the U.S. government, and there's a lot of understanding on the other side, too. So there's mixed comments, and mixed thoughts on the process," he said.
For more of our interview with Dr. Imtiaz Sooliman, check out the video above.