US drone strike kills two hostages; Obama apologizes

Washington: A U.S. drone strike in January targeting an al Qaeda compound in Pakistan near the Afghan border inadvertently killed an American and an Italian who had been held hostage for years by the group, US. officials said on Thursday. President Barack Obama apologized and took "full responsibility" for all counter terrorism operations. Obama said he had ordered a full review of the matter to ensure such mistakes are not repeated. Killed in the January drone strike were aid workers Warren Weinstein, an American held by al Qaeda since 2011, and Giovanni Lo Porto, an Italian who went missing in Pakistan in 2012, as well as Ahmed Farouq, an American who was an al Qaeda leader, US officials said.

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