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Hostage's body flown back to US

The body of an American photojournalist killed during a high-risk raid to free him and a South African teacher from al Qaida militants in Yemen has arrived in the United States.

Luke Somers' remains were transported aboard a US Air Force C-17 aircraft and arrived at Dover Air Force Base.

The Somers family was there to receive the remains, but no media coverage was allowed, according to a US defence official.

Somers was a 33-year-old freelance photographer and editor who was kidnapped just over a year ago in Yemen's capital. He was born in England, but grew up in the US with ties to Washington State and Wisconsin.

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